— Sam Cheetham Landscape Architecture

Owning the Earth                    

Who owns the land that we live on?


“the private property society” is “a bizarre mutation alien to most of humanity” and a “monstrous method of owning the earth”  says Andro Linklater     


Do I have a say over what happens on the land?



Because I have an idea…… everyone likes trees,  and if we live in a city full of trees then maybe we will be happier? 


        a woodland within the city?


Be realistic, we live within a capitalist society and there are established systems in place. We cant just put trees anywhere.

Also someone owns the land and money is to be made… and the planning system is in place that serves the needs of the people. 



 There is always time for change.



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Is it good to have designers subjectivity in the creation of spaces?
should the final product (the space) be the result of an objective process, that has been influenced by data.
From my own experience of being involved in the design of places that i  will never experince; OK, I did base the design on the site context and using the design process I had previously been taught in a UK university. However i couldn’t help feel there must be a better way  to approach this space, an approach which focused the ‘design’ from the people, for the people and from the environment, for the environment. so i began to think how can this be done.  
This text will look at alternative options that can be developed.
1. the design process: in the built environment there is a design process that architects, landscape architects and urban designers follow; from inception to a static product. its a process limited and influenced by the planning process and informed by social, environmental and economic. 
its currently heavily influenced by the  individual design of a place that the designer will most likely never experience
Through all my work i continue to explore these questions:
  1. Why haven’t we moved on from the current design and planning process? Is there an alternative and is anything being done to develop something new.








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