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Noble, but different, professions

In the upbeat Nov. 17 Metro article “Really cool ice in the District,” The Post celebrated the District’s innovative new Canal Park. However, I was disappointed when it came to the mention of the park’s designers.

The Post referred to “Olin landscapers and Studio architecture” as producing the park’s design. OLIN, based in Philadelphia, is one of the nation’s preeminent landscape architecture firms and was responsible for the overall design of the park. Studios Architecture, also no slouch in the design department, designed the park’s pavilion structure.

No doubt the park resulted from a talented and diverse mixture of professionals working with a good client group. But landscape architecture is a very different activity from landscaping. Referring to a landscape architect as a “landscaper” is akin to calling an architect a carpenter. Both are noble professions, but they’re not the same.

Patrick L. Phillips, Washington

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