What’s Trending in Landscape Architecture

landscapingModern homeowners continue to demonstrate a growing interest in making the best possible use of all available space, which is reflected by current landscape architecture trends. Information from a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), cited on the website ProRemodeler, gives an accurate view of where homeowners currently stand on both practical and decorative elements of landscape architecture.

The ASLA survey indicated that many homeowners are interested in landscape architecture features that are sustainable and good for the local environment. These include:

  • Low-maintenance landscaping: Landscaping that requires less maintenance decreases resource usage. Water, electricity and fuel for maintenance equipment can be more easily conserved.
  • Reduced lawn area: Smaller lawns require less care, which contributes to sustainability.
  • Solar-powered lights: Solar-powered lights offer excellent sources of illumination without the need to use electricity. These lights can absorb enough solar energy during the day to allow them to work reliably at night.
  • Compost bins: Composting bins are popular sustainability choices for households that want to put their waste to a practical use.

Concern over water resources and water availability drives a tendency to install landscape features that provide ways to conserve and manage rainwater and wastewater.

  • Rainwater/graywater harvesting: Water conservation and sustainability gets a tremendous boost with landscape architecture features that allow the collection and use of rainwater and graywater.
  • Permeable paving: Permeable paving allows rainwater to more easily penetrate the paving material and enter the ground below. This reduces irrigation demand by allowing more water to enter the ground. It also helps control stormwater runoff by allowing rain to penetrate the paving instead of flowing off it.
  • Drought-tolerant plants: Native and adapted drought-tolerant plants offer landscaping that requires less water. This means that demands on existing water supplies will be lower and that architectural plants can survive with less watering during droughts or periods of low rainfall.

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3 Big Landscape Architecture Trends for Commercial Spaces

landscape architecture trendsIn commercial building projects of substantial size, the aesthetics and functionality of the space’s landscape architecture can be an important consideration for owners, builders, and tenants. Several landscape architecture trends are emerging that suggest that the look of the building’s exterior areas, along with their usability and sustainability, will receive greater attention as elements of successful construction and design. Here is some brief information on three of those landscape architecture trends.

  1. Aesthetics: The beauty and elegance of a commercial building are becoming a greater consideration in many modern construction projects. Well-designed outdoor lighting that highlights and intensifies the look of building exteriors and facades is one popular element in landscaping. Outdoor structures such as gardens, gazebos, and similar features provide places for rest and relaxation while improving the beauty of the commercial area’s outdoor spaces.
  2. Functionality: The functionality of the landscape architecture of a commercial space is becoming more associated with the blending of indoor and outdoor spaces. In essence, the dividing line between indoor and outdoor spaces is becoming more flexible, and the indoor/outdoor combination is creating spaces where tenants can relax, employees can achieve greater productivity, and individuals can find an escape from the traditional “cube farm” model of office spaces. This effect is often accomplished by opening up the facade of a commercial building to allow easy access to the outdoor areas. In some cases, the use of natural colors and textures can help simulate an outdoor space in an indoor area that can’t be opened up.
  3. Sustainability: Environmental concerns, interest in conserving energy, and consistent goals of making commercial spaces self-sustaining are driving trends for the sustainability of commercial spaces. Installing plants, bio-walls, green roofs, outdoor gardens, high-efficiency HVAC and lighting systems, energy-saving windows, and other energy-conscious features are some of the ways sustainability can be encouraged.

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