Now that considerable expertise has been created regarding the effects of some type of variables on landscape preference, in particular informational and content variables, it seems that researchers in the field are turning to more sophisticated approaches to examine, more explicitly than in the past, the functional aspects of being in and being part of landscapes. Despite the variety of issues that will be presented in this symposium it appears that the characteristic that underlies all research is that these functional qualities of landscape preference are being approached with new theories and methods.