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RSE LANDSCAPE

RSE Landscape is committed to both ecologically responsible and culturally rich design in a time of rapid climate transformation. Landscape is understood, not as an object or a formal outcome, but as a process by which the environment is produced. In order to recognize landscape as a medium, particular emphasis is placed on plant life, and its role connecting the soil and the atmosphere—the land to the climate. 

RSE Landscape was started in 2006 by Rosetta S. Elkin. Since then, academic pursuits such as research projects and scholarly publications have contributed to a shift in our relationship to plant life. The question of how this extends to our practices is registered as we progress from a time of predictability and control to one of collaboration and respect. Extant practices are also rendered extinct in a time of planetary extinction and climatic change. And so we need to keep practicing. 

Landscape Architecture

Landscape is a field of borrowed reference. Design advances by leaning on adjacent fields—architecture, art history, gardening, social theory—in order to articulate our own terms. The appropriation unfolds in much the same way as landscape can borrow a view, steal time and lend itself to more formal standards. On a disciplinary level, the term ‘landscape’ resonates in relation to its modifier: landscape architecture, landscape ecology, landscape planning, landscape gardening, and more recently landscape urbanism. The field relies on its modifier for definition. Each modifier alludes to the scale of the discipline with a distinct assumption that complexity emerges in the consideration of larger and more expansive lands. Such delineation has helped refine specialties, as designers imagine ‘landscape’ as stable enough to form the foundations of scalar analysis. Abridged as it sounds, such modifiers have contoured landscape as a creative discipline without any sensible inclusion of what might unfold if stability itself started to fall apart. 

RSE Landscape is a collective of creative individuals committed to the creative process. We work with living materials with deep concern and respect for the future. And we seek collaboration with those who take working together more broadly and seriously than ever.

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