Lenses on a Landscape Genius  

Brown’s landscape practice was based on ideas many of which remain relevant today, as it was the birth of modern landscape design. His naturalistic handling of landform, vegetation, water, space, and views across space, flowing lines of movement, the understanding of processes now known as ecology, an interest in microclimate and his mingling of civil engineering with landscape design are all central to contemporary thought.

His rural work has been transferred seamlessly to the urban context where it inspires modern metropolitan parkland, so valuable a resource for recreation and respite from stress. When eighteenth century social ideas and classical allusions are removed, the core of his design approach remains as potent today as when first created.

His practice too was modern, sometimes consultancy paid for by fee, sometimes design/build contracts. He wrote little about his design method but his few remarks in surviving letters or recorded conversation display the universality with which his work is imbued.