Starting with nature
Being able to recognise the significant qualities of a site and work with its grain and natural resources can lead to a plan which ensures that a new development responds intelligently to the underlying landscape and environmental systems. Rivers and water networks, local climate, geology, landform and habitats all need to be considered. Other factors include local character and identity, transport and pedestrian connections, utilities and the built form.
A macro approach
To realise the land’s full potential in the short and long term, landscape architects address the full range of socioeconomic issues, from heritage to investment opportunities. This ensures that chosen design solutions work for new and existing communities, the economy and the environment.
Good development sits within the landscape in a way which reconciles local aspirations with the wider needs of the economy, and balances the competing pressures on land for food, timber, housing, jobs and recreation. To achieve this, projects need to be delivered through strategic planning, technical assessments, masterplanning, detailed design, integrated project management and strong teamwork.
Bringing it all together
Landscape architects are well placed to lead multidisciplinary project teams. They are trained to manage the full range of requirements and legislation, co-ordinating the input of technical expertise with environmental statements and green infrastructure strategies. They are also well placed to build partnerships, increasingly important as most projects are funded from multiple sources, and power and responsibility is being distributed across many organisations through the localism agenda.
Landscape architects are adept at creating space with social meaning. They are trained to see the big picture, get the detail right and keep a wide range of users in mind. Subtle and distinctive planting and the careful craftsmanship of materials can really reinforce both a sense of place and a sense of belonging.
Masterplanning and strategies
Whole of life planning