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To the Editor of the Crimson:
I read with much interest in the Crimson of March thrid an article explaining the Studio Plan of instruction now being put into practice by the Graduate School of Design. It was especially gratifying to find that the three departments of the School are collaborating in this plan. In this manner the significance of the work of the students in each department should become more fully understood by the others.
To such a group the Architects would contribute their understanding and ingenuity in the arrangement, the shape, and the use of the enclosed volumes they create; the inter-relation of architectural masses; the materials used and the possibilities they open, and limitations they set, upon building design. The Landscape Architects should be able to help in developing a sense of outdoor scale; of shape, size, proportion and function of outdoor areas, their circulation and grading requirements; the integration of building and landscape development into an inseparable whole and the expert use of plant materials which makes this possible. The City Planner should bring forth the relation of any development to its farther-reaching surroundings; some discussion of the trends of growth in the particular city or region involved, the broad, social, political and economic aspects to be considered.
As a Landscape Architect I have worked closely with different groups of architects over a wide area, and only recently have I found one who had any conception of the functions of the professional Landscape Architect. The great majority still cling to the fantastic notion that the primary work of such a man is to crowd shrubbery around the foundations of the buildings he has designed.
It is to be hoped that in some measure the Studio Plan of instruction may help to alleviate this deplorable condition of ignorance and that each of the three Departments may enlarge its working knowledge of the other two. John Dudley Scruggs, M.L.A. '38.
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