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Issue Date: 12/6/2010, Posted On: 12/3/2010

Northeastern University's School of Architecture Unveils Urban Landscape Program
BOSTON - Northeastern University announced that its professionally accredited School of Architecture will begin offering an undergraduate program in urban landscape next fall.

The new program reflects dramatic changes in the practice of landscape architecture, and the need for innovative solutions, especially in urban areas.

"Landscape architecture has exploded over the last 10 to 15 years," says George Thrush, Director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. "Its focus has evolved from self-contained gardens to interdependent urban spaces, from decoration to the environment. Those working in urban landscape in the future will have to think about how to make use of decommissioned industrial land, how to make cities a processor of natural resources, and how street networks should function in a less car-dependent era."

The program will combine work with other disciplines, including civil engineering, earth science, and business, and is part of Northeastern University's overarching goal to incorporate the study of sustainability into many of its degree programs.

Urban Landscape is the first new degree program offered under Northeastern's new College of Arts, Media and Design, which includes the School of Architecture.

"We are excited to offer this new program to complement our established undergraduate architecture program, which consistently ranks in the top tier of the nation's leading architecture schools each year," said Dr. Xavier Costa, dean of NEU's College of Arts, Media and Design. "We look forward to extending the connection between theory and practice that exists in the urban architecture program to the urban landscape program."

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