Notions of landscape seem to encompass elements of stability, of continuity, of eternity in an otherwise unstable, erratic, rapidly changing context. Landscape seems to be a notion void of ideology and history and full of science, especially ecology. Consequently occupation with landscape seems to liberate the researcher from the consideration of political and historical dimensions. Working and publishing in the field of the history of landscape architecture and garden architecture myself in the past years, I feel the need for an international exchange of research results in that field. It is the idea of this symposium at lAPS-10 in Delft to bring together for the first time scholars from all over the world who distrust such 'objective' notions of landscape as mentioned above by the very evidence of their research, part of which will be presented at the symposium. I assume that more researchers work on the topic of this symposium or related issues worldwide than I am aware of. So the symposium also could bring together some of those who are interested in scolary research in this field and we may find out if a world wide network on this topic is worth establishing. Also the idea of a small conference about that theme within the lAPS conference frame may become a point of discussion as a consequence of the symposium. All the participants have been working scholary in the field of landscape history and people-landscape relationships. All of the papers address the topic of the symposium and should guarantee for a thought provo-king session.