Philippine landscape heritage education: review of the preparedness of landscape architecture curricula in the Philippines for the specialization of Landscape Heritage Conservation (LHC)

Tua, Kenneth J., Caballero, Gabriel Victor and Aquino-Ong, Susan (2020) Philippine landscape heritage education: review of the preparedness of landscape architecture curricula in the Philippines for the specialization of Landscape Heritage Conservation (LHC). In: NAMI: Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) National Convention 2021, October 23, 2021, Philippines. [Conference or Workshop Item] (Submitted)

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In the Philippines, the study of Landscape Architecture, the art and science of planning, designing, and implementing functional and aesthetic arrangements of natural scenery and land, is a tailor-fitted course anchored to the ecology and local setting of the country. At present, there are only four (4) higher education institutions offering Landscape Architecture bachelor’s degree with one (1) of them offering a master’s degree programme. Landscape architecture in the Philippines is a vibrant profession and graduates are well equipped to create beautiful spaces fitted to the taste of the current generation. However, the current teaching of landscape architecture is not well grounded on the knowledge of the country’s past, and perspectives of indigenous materials, planting techniques and traditional building techniques passed down to generations are not integrated to the curriculum. This research aims to identify and review the preparedness of Landscape Architecture curricula in the Philippines for the specialization of Landscape Heritage Conservation (LHC). Courses from the Universities were selected and organized based on the identified and reviewed thematic areas and course concentrations, subsequently these are given quantitative scoring assessment for LHC. Utilizing the ‘Geodesign’ framework, the study formulated a developmental process and validation of the interrelationship and collaborative activity created by the thematic areas. The study also provided a joint SWOT – PESTEL analyses in supporting the preparation of the ‘Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities’ to be obtained by the students from the LHC specialization. Landscape Heritage Conservation (LHC) shall create new possibilities for the profession through the study and professionalization of cultural and natural landscapes, thus, raising awareness and significance of cultural heritage and heritage conservation in the lenses of the Philippine landscapes.

Aux Philippines, l’étude de l’architecture du paysage, l’art et la science de la planification, la conception et la mise en œuvre d’aménagements fonctionnels et esthétiques de paysages naturels est une formation sur mesure intégrée à l’écologie et au contexte local du pays. Actuellement, il n’existe que quatre (4) établissements d’enseignement supérieur proposant une licence en architecture du paysage, dont un (1) proposant un programme de maîtrise. L’architecture du paysage aux Philippines est un secteur dynamique et les diplômés possèdent une formation solide leur permettant de créer des espaces harmonieux adaptés au goût de la nouvelle génération. Cependant, l’enseignement actuel de l’architecture du paysage ne se fonde pas sur la connaissance du passé du pays ; et les perspectives des matériaux autochtones, des techniques de plantation et de construction traditionnelles transmises de génération en génération ne sont pas intégrées au programme. Cette recherche a pour objectif l’identification et l’examen de l’état de préparation des programmes en architecture du paysage aux Philippines pour la spécialisation Conservation du patrimoine paysager (LHC). En fonction des domaines thématiques et des unités d’enseignements identifiés et examinés, des cours universitaires ont été sélectionnés et organisés, puis ont reçu une évaluation quantitative pour la spécialisation Conservation du patrimoine paysager. En utilisant le programme-cadre « Geodesign », l’étude a élaboré un processus de développement et de validation de l’interrelation et de l’activité de collaboration créée par les domaines thématiques. L’étude proposée a également fourni des analyses SWOT-PESTEL conjointes pour soutenir la préparation des « connaissances, compétences et capacités » que les étudiants de la spécialisation LHC doivent acquérir. La Conservation du patrimoine paysager (LHC) créera de nouvelles opportunités pour la profession à travers l’étude et la professionnalisation des paysages culturels et naturels, augmentant ainsi la sensibilisation et l’importance du patrimoine culturel et de sa conservation dans le cadre des paysages philippins.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Tua, Kenneth J.
Caballero, Gabriel Victor
Aquino-Ong, Susan
Corporate Authors: ICOMOS Philippines
Languages: English
Keywords: landscape architecture; landscape heritage conservation; specialization; Philippines; cultural landscapes; cultural heritage; education
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 02. Concept and definition
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
Q. LANDSCAPES > 16. Landscape Management
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 13. Theory of cultural landscapes
Q. LANDSCAPES > 14. Vernacular Landscapes
National Committee: Philippines
Depositing User: Ar. Kenneth Tua
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 21:27
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2023 15:42
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