Research Through Design in Landscape Architecture: a first State of the Art

S. Lenzholzer, Steffen Nijhuis, J. Cortesão

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The discussion regarding the relation of design and research in landscape architecture started somewhat later than in other design disciplines. But the past decade has shown a sharp rise of publications on ‘research through/by design(ing)’ (RTD). The literature has now reached a level of richness that enables a review of the State of the Art and a differentiation of types of contributions to the discourse. We reviewed more than 200 publications (scientific journal papers, conference papers, PhD theses, MSc theses and others) on RTD in relation to landscape architecture and closely related disciplines. The review shows that a rather small portion of the publications deals with RTD a scholarly sense. The remaining portion of scholarly publications offered a useful base for further scrutiny. We categorised the relevant literature according to types of publications and the epistemological stances taken. Based on this categorisation we identified areas that need further research and thus sketched an agenda for further research on RTD in landscape architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS2018
Subtitle of host publicationCatalyst
EditorsC. Storni, K. Leahy, M. McMahon, P. Lloyd, E. Bohemia
ISBN (Electronic)9781912294169
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2018
EventDesign research conference: Catalyst - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameDRS International Conference Series
ISSN (Electronic)2398-3132


ConferenceDesign research conference
Abbreviated titleDRS
Internet address


  • Research Through Design
  • Landscape Architecture

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