"It is understandable and perhaps even inevitable that professionals who shape space today, having no experience in observing nature much less any ongoing complicity with visible living matter - although they make use of it - have fallen back onto the only elements at their disposal: shapes, colours, textures and smells organized into pictures. Thus arises the strange and dangerous gap between the world of science and that of the developers. In the current state of scientific discourse, there is a real barrier between those who exert an influence on the environment and those who know what it is made of.(...)
How can we bring about a future rich enough in tolerance to conceive of spaces where nature collaborates with humankind rather than be seen as an obstacle to our desires?"
Gilles Clément (2005), «Landscape design and the biosfhere - conflict or complicity?», in Vista, The Culture and Politics of Gardens, edited by Tim Richardson & Noel Kingsbury