University Landscapes Teach, Too by @Jared_L_Green
“Landscapes have long been essential to the transfer of knowledge,” said Daniel Bluestone , a professor of history, art, and architecture at Boston University at Dumbarton Oaks’ symposium on landscape and the academy . In ancient Greece, “Hippocrates taught the art of medicine under a tree. And in China, there has been a tradition of educational landscapes, including the book garden.” Fast forward to the founding of some early colleges and universities in the United States, and we see the beginning of a “distinctly American type of educational landscape,” with gardens, arboreta, and designed views. Early American university campuses were designed to “train the eye to outside beauty,” create a long-lasting appreciation for nature, and build important values like self-reliance. Today, some of those American universities are now at the forefront of education about sustainabil...