Landscape Architecture Magazine covers from the 1960s

Landscape Architecture, January 1968 © American Society of Landscape Architects

Landscape Architecture, January 1968 © American Society of Landscape Architects

I like the latest design of Landscape Architecture Magazine. Still, it's hard not to get inspired by these covers printed before the dominance of the high-res digital photo. Considered in sequence, these snapshots of the professional discourse actually provide a nice little timeline of its development during a tumultuous period of change, and under the editorship of the exuberant pot-stirrer Grady Clay

  

 

Apply an even wider lens and still other stylistic or rhetorical dramas come into frame...  

 

Landscape Architecture Magazine, January 1961 (left) and August 2013 (right) © American Society of Landscape Architects

Landscape Architecture Magazine, January 1961 (left) and August 2013 (right) © American Society of Landscape Architects

You can't judge a magazine by its cover, but these artifacts of professional culture clearly have enduring value of their own to design researchers and practitioners alike. So what do they say to you?