Dirt under the nails: Landscape Architects as diplomats, advocates and gardeners

Jon Hazelwood, Principal and Landscape Architect, writes for World Landscape Architecture on the evolving expectations of designers.

Landscape architecture has become a political discipline, with landscape architects the diplomats, facilitating collaboration among various stakeholders to achieve common goals.

Urban landscapes carry a heavy burden on them in terms of performance, attracting people and pollinators, promoting biodiversity and well-being, staying within budget, requiring minimal maintenance, culturally important, blending seamlessly into their surroundings, adapting to seasonal changes, and standing the test of time. 

Sydney Metro planting trials: Billy Buttons flourishing among small species of Poa and ground cover species such as Chrysosephalum helping to suppress weeds and reduce need for organic mulch.
The diversity and success rate of this planting trial and complex plant mixes such as this, will allow designers to apply their knowledge to future projects in a variety of conditions and maintenance regimes.

They must also be Instagram-worthy while addressing climate challenges and remaining sustainable. 

The modern urban landscape must not only inspire but educate, all while reflecting the dynamic tapestry of humanity that surrounds it.

Sydney Metro planting trials: after a year of close observation, we’ve accumulated a robust evidence base that is expanding our knowledge.
A succession of seasonal flowers, such as this Ozthamnus diosmifolius create ever changing interest throughout the year and constant food for pollinators.

So, how do we address the pressing issues of mitigating heat island effects, integrating sustainable design principles, reducing environmental impact, while fostering collaboration, and engaging the community?

Read how Jon proposes this challenge is met, on World Landscape Architecture.


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