Do you ever think about the simple functionality of a stem? To keep it simple, that part of the plant that serves as a pump or its circulatory system? It’s amazing how much movement actually takes place in this often underrated but essential piece of these living things we call plants. We focus elsewhere but the stem is vital and too often overlooked.
So let’s take a peek at another STEM. It’s the buzz word/acronym for what’s critical in today’s educational process – SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICS. So why compare a plant’s stem to this STEM?
For starters, April is the month to celebrate Landscape Architecture, an often misunderstood discipline. Why? Because the often overlooked is its STEM-related parts (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, & MATHEMATICS) that all roll into one. This dynamic design piece (landscape architecture) is overshadowed by so many competing parts. It’s not viewed as what it is - a vital function made up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that serve as the circulatory pump in creating a successful end result.
That’s it in a nutshell – don’t underestimate the stem of a plant or the STEM parts of the educational process. And in the field of landscape architecture, all parts of the stem apply. In the words of Ian McHarg, “I believe that it is accurate to state that no other profession has achieved as rapid a transformation from oblivion to social significance than Landscape Architecture.”
Celebrate the month of April – landscape architecture, Stem to Stem; it’s the circulatory pump in creating a successful end result.
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