Heroism : To restore urban planning developments of the 60s smacks of heroism, at a time when the government wants to destroy 15,000 units per year, rehabilitation having shown its limits in the 80s and 90s.
The landscape designer, who is often mistaken for an artist/gardener, enjoys a good reputation, whereas the architect’s credit badly suffered from the unanimous rejection of low rent community housing, concrete-style high rise buildings ; they will remain for some time in most developers’ minds, even after the last one of them is destroyed.
Putting the “green” back into the city would be the perfect riposte, and landscape designers adhere (between themselves) to global thinking as opposed to a thinking based on forms and objects (which would be inherent to architecture).
A human mediator with a green thumb, the role of the landscape designer can therefore appear legitimate in the eyes of public opinion ; he comes to the rescue of violent urban developments : commuter-cities, new towns, tower and slab urban planning, and soon residential and concerted development zone fallow lands.