Defining a research question, describing why it needs to be answered and explaining how methods are selected and applied are challenging tasks for anyone embarking on academic research within the field of landscape architecture. Whether you are an early career researcher or a senior academic, it is essential to draw meaningful conclusions and robust answers to research questions.

Research in Landscape Architecture provides guidance on the rationales needed for selecting methods and offers direction to help to frame and design academic research within the discipline. Over the last couple of decades the traditional orientation in landscape architecture as a field of professional practice has gradually been complemented by a growing focus on research. This book will help you to develop the connections between research, teaching and practice, to help you to build a common framework of theory and research methods.

Bringing together contributions from landscape architects across the world, this book covers a broad range of research methodologies and examples to help you conduct research successfully. Also included is a study in which the editors discuss the most important priorities for the research within the discipline over the coming years. This book will provide a definitive path to developing research within landscape architecture.

chapter |8 pages


ByAdri van den Brink, Diedrich Bruns, Simon Bell, Hilde Tobi

part I|26 pages


chapter 1|15 pages

Advancing landscape architecture research

ByDiedrich Bruns, Adri van den Brink, Hilde Tobi, Simon Bell

chapter 2|11 pages

A process approach to research in landscape architecture

ByHilde Tobi, Adri van den Brink

part II|68 pages


chapter 3|17 pages

The role of theory

ByIan H. Thompson

chapter 4|11 pages

The relationship between research and design

BySanda Lenzholzer, Ingrid Duchhart, Adri van den Brink

chapter 5|20 pages

The challenge of publication

ByMaggie Roe

chapter 6|18 pages

Assessing research priorities and quality

ByJurian Meijering, Hilde Tobi, Adri van den Brink, Diedrich Bruns

part III|106 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

Case studies

BySimon Swaffield

chapter 8|16 pages

Landscape biography

ByJan Kolen, Hans Renes, Koos Bosma

chapter 9|25 pages

Social media

ByRon van Lammeren, Simone Theile, Boris Stemmer, Diedrich Bruns

chapter 10|18 pages

Virtual environments

BySigrid Hehl-Lange, Eckart Lange

chapter 11|15 pages


ByHenrik Schultz, Rudi van Etteger

chapter 12|15 pages

Design guidelines

ByMartin Prominski

part IV|98 pages


chapter 13|24 pages

Cultural landscape meanings and values

ByKen Taylor

chapter 14|28 pages

Landscape and health

ByCatharine Ward Thompson

chapter 15|22 pages

Thermally comfortable urban environments

ByRobert D. Brown, Terry J. Gillespie

chapter 16|22 pages

The urban water challenge

ByAntje Backhaus, Ole Fryd, Torben Dam