RMIT Landscape Architecture

My name is Brent Greene, I am a lecturer in the Landscape Architecture at RMIT and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. I also hold a bachelor degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from the Victorian College of the Arts.
The following proposition – titled Changing Landscapes – is submitted together with my colleagues Dr. Alice Lewis and Jock Gilbert on behalf of RMIT Landscape Architecture.

The landscape architecture discipline at RMIT seeks to cultivate new practices and revisit old knowledges of landscape architecture. The traditional oppositions between nature/artifice, science/art, urban/rural, body/environment, earth/alien are no longer useful ways to consider the practice of landscape architecture. Rather the challenge of landscape architecture is now to find new ways to invert, rework, and reorder these perceived dualities through design.

To do so by articulating and developing faculty and students with multiple fields of specialisation/enquiry that enable productive intersections between industry, community, research, policy and practice. Where discourse is seen as the generator that allows for the continuous production of ‘discipline’, in which the relationship between discourse and discipline is described as operating within a context that encourages practice ethics, entrepreneurship and contribution to the wider community.

To expand these approaches we seek to discover, develop and disseminate unique modes of practice with design tools and techniques which can be adapted in response to issues posed by the contemporary world that traverse ecological, social, economic, and political domains