A fusion of the arts

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Rice, Travis L.
Collard, Scott N.
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Thesis (B.L.A.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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As technology has grown so has the desire to search for a more potent and socially significant landscape architecture. Today's world is full of so many materials and media just waiting to be experimented with and exploited by the mind and hands of the landscape architect. But, landscape design is all too often reduced to a world of stereotypical representations of an earlier modernist movement involving such legends as Dan Kiley, James Rose, and Garret Eckbo. Design of this sort is what can be called "banner and bollard design", and it is a product of the big break from Harvard in the 1930's. These people had grown bored with what landscape architecture had to offer and felt a need for a change, but all too often bad representations of their ideas are brought back to the surface. The aim of this study is to look at landscape architecture as a whole and not a bunch of pieces as in "banner & bollard" design. To truly create a complete fusion on the arts, and, in essence, to create an art that clearly exists outside the visual confines of exhibition space in galleries or museums, and becomes an integral part of everyday life.