The Landscape Guide

London Landscape Architecture Institute Policies

Policy recommendations to the LI Landscape Institute;


Britian's capital is a significant city in the history of landscape architecture:

  •  See Landscape and open space planning in London. London was the first city to industrialize with coal power, and therefore the first to encounter the problem of planning open space for a modern metropolis. Rasmussen described London as 'the unique city' because such a high proportion of its private houses have private gardens and because it was so well provided with public open greenspace
  • London was also one of the first large cities to 'de-industrialize' in the sense of developing a markedly post-industrial service economy, with a different pattern of open space needs and several World Heritage sites. See World Heritage Site Greenwich
  • East London's public open space was re-planned in connection with the 2012 Olympic Games. See London Olympic City (Park) 2012
  • London needs skyline landscape policies dealing with high buildings and roofscapes as an aspect of urban landscape design

Reports on London landscape and open space planning

We wish to encourage debate about what should be conserved and what should change in London's landscape and have published an excellent survey of London's parks and gardens (written by Alicia Amherst in 1907) on this website.

We would also like to have sections dealing with other capital cities on the website, because capital landscapes have unique qualities. Patiotic Londoners can remember that Gilbert Laing Meason owned a house in London and may well have been living in the capital when he invented the term Landscape Architecture.