Introducing | Landscape Design
Updated: Jul 4
It was Jury day.
Not your regular Design Jury. Not the one set up in a large studio with you, your work, and an incredibly intimidating juror. This was the 'online edition.' Which meant you were even more alone. You, your screen, and the incredibly intimidating juror’s video camera casting him in shadows. Making him appear even more intimidating.
Then your teammate’s camera accidentally switched on. And your attention was immediately diverted to not her calm demeanour, but its cause! She was giving her Jury from her GARDEN. And it wasn’t a Zoom background.
Working from home has only reinforced how essential it is to have outdoor spaces. And these days, well-designed, functional outdoor spaces can be worth investing in as alternative workspaces. Not to mention the recreational possibilities one could include, with a little creative thought. Ever thought of landscaping your outdoor space?
Landscaping as a term is often assumed to be about just garden design. While the latter is all things planted in a garden, landscaping, as a discipline of architecture, is a whole scheme of practical, aesthetic, horticulture, and environmental sustainability. Moreover, a garden is a lot more than just plants.
Gardens are dynamic. They are not static after construction and planting are completed, and so in some ways are 'never done.' Enter Landscape Design.
Landscape design is the bridge between landscape architecture and garden design. It is a space that combines nature and the culture into a profession, a design methodology and art tradition. It involves integrated planning of landscapes of all scales. Then, the specificity of garden design and its microelements- from organic and inorganic landscape features- are placed within it. Landscape Design encompasses hardscape and softscape as principal compositions. It bridges professional and technical advice from architects, civil engineers, surveyors, contractors, and artisans.
No wonder Landscape Design is up and coming. Aren’t we all keen to have our own little retreat?
This Column explores the two roles of landscape design and landscape architecture. As more people turn to gardening, the Column initiates with garden design. It begins by exploring artistic compositional elements of landscape design, the most fascinating pull of a garden. This proceeds to a discussion on the micro-elements of landscape. Ones based around horticultural finesse and expertise. They emphasise on detailed involvement with the site and its physical constituents like topography, microclimate, geology, etc- all from concept to construction stage.
The Column will gradually present a shift in scale from micro to macro elements. This includes an exploration of larger clusters and constituents of landscape design. The ones that interact at a scale above the master-planning of individual plots. Eventually, it will move towards urban design and planning. Topics about landscape architecture will focus on urban planning. A brief discussion of large-scale interdisciplinary problems and a subsequent understanding of their stakeholders will follow.
As the Column progresses from the elementary notions of landscape design into complex notions of landscape architecture, it will significantly detail the overlap of talent and skill between the two roles.
Through the Column, we invite the reader step-by-step into the world of Landscape Design. A space to discover its endless creative possibilities.
“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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About the Author
Reva Saksena is an undergraduate architecture student at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal. She has experience working at SiteLens Cultural Research Division of India Lost and Found (ILF) by Amit Pasricha. She is the winner of the "2021 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition."
About the Illustrator
Ipsita Choudhury is an undergraduate architecture student at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal. She is a writer, artist, illustrator and graphic designer. She is an Observation and Action Network (OAN) Fellow 2020 for The Centre for The Living City, UDC and NASA. She was a semi-finalist in the "2019 Berkeley Prize Essay Competition."
About the Publication
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