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[aerial view looking north of the wastewater treatment facility and Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. Assistant Professor Brian Davis is working with graduate students Graham Smith and Sara Hirsch and the facility managers to help re-envision the relationship of this water infrastructure to the Lake and the adjacent local farmers market]

As artifacts that are inherently dynamic and cultural, landscapes possess the capacity to grapple with society’s most complex problems. The LDRD is a depot for ongoing landscape research and design at the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture. It includes studio projects, student-directed projects, faculty research, and information on the Landscape Change Lab, field work initiatives, and fellowship and grant opportunities.

Through rigorous, question-driven design research the LDRD explores contemporary cultural landscape issues that help strengthen social and ecological communities and support teaching, research and outreach efforts at Cornell. This framework supports investigations by faculty and students across disciplines through partnerships with experts, local communities, and funding sources. The LDRD develops a record of sustained engagement with real landscapes, experimentation, experiential learning, interdisciplinary research and ongoing investment in communities.