When one hears definitions of Urban Design as "the design of spaces between buildings" it often makes the stomachs of Landscape Architects squirm. The overlaps between the 2 disciplines are enormous.
An acute case of identity crisis pervades Landscape Architecture and, to a lesser extent, Urban Design in the UK today. From birth Landscape Architects are continually required to fight the perception by many that they "just do the green bits" whilst it is, infact, spatial design that forms the core of their training. Therefore, the continued strengthening (with government backing) and potential professionalisation of Urban Design bemuses many Landscape Architects who feel that the new breed of "Urban Designers" (mostly from planning backgrounds) are under qualified in the design good quality places.
As a Landscape Architect myself currently submersed in a masters degree in Urban Design (JCUD, Oxford Brookes Uni) - I'd be really interested to hear your perspective on this discussion. It is on going between several students and staff here on the course this year and to quote "it's making me dizzy and my head is spinning."
What do you think? Is Landscape Architecture and Urban Design the same thing? If not how do they differ? Is this debate uniquely (quaintly?) British or is it relevent to the US and other countries?