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just been "dropped" into place.
"It is important to remember that singular
projects are part of a much bigger puzzle,"
agrees Carl. "In many senses, a project does
not stop at the site boundary, even if the actual
construction work does. How a landscape talks to
its broader environment, community and society
may have a more far-reaching impact than is
e landscape must also fit the building it
surrounds. " e lines between landscape and
architecture are becoming increasingly blurred
as it becomes recognised that in today's post-
modern world inter-connectivity is key,"
Ask any landscape architects what they consider
to be the biggest mistake made on commercial
landscaping projects and the answer will be the
same: the wrong plants.
" e inclusion of inappropriate plant species in
terms of form, origin, maintenance requirements
and placement is the most common mistake
made," says Julian Croudace, senior associate at
Ecoscape, who believes a local planting palette
"It is important that robust and hardwearing
materials are used in commercial developments,"
"While these generally require a higher initial
investment, the return on that investment
can be calculated not only in purely monetary
terms because of reduced maintenance and less
vandalism, but also in the fact that greater respect
is afforded to these places by the public and the
space becomes better utilised."
As commercial clients look to reduce recurrent
costs, landscape architects are increasingly
obliged to design spaces that are low maintenance
in the long term.
"Landscape designers must ensure that what
is designed and constructed today is robust
enough to meet the needs of developers and the
community not only in the short term, but for
years to come," says Jessica.
"Weed control is a major factor to consider in
all landscape projects and this is often overlooked
at the start of the project," adds Julian. "Weeds
are very expensive to control once a project is
complete and they really let down the finished
product if poorly managed."
e role of the landscape architect in creating
a successful commercial project should not be
underestimated. Provided with the opportunity,
most people want to eat outside, drink outside,
relax and play outside. Even those working in an
office five days a week relish the chance to spend
Good landscape architecture makes great
commercial sense, and goes a long way to creating
a valuable sense of community.
Craig sees the role of landscape as more
important than ever: "Architecture may provide
the places to live and work but landscape --
parklands, plazas, playgrounds and streetscapes
-- is the glue that binds the urban fabric together."
Examples of well thought-out commercial and public landscape design include Point Fraser Foreshore Development (far left and bottom centre) by Syrinx
Environmental; Manea College in Bunbury (top centre), Karrakatta Memorial Garden (far top right) and Dalyellup Middle School (far bottom right) all by Urbis.
Point Fraser Foreshore Redevelopment images courtesy of Syrinx Environmental; Manea College, Karrakatta Memorial
Garden and Dalyellup Middle School images all courtesy of Urbis
If you are looking for a landscape architect to
help inform a commercial development, you can
contact any number of landscape architects via
the AILA website (www.aila.org.au) by clicking
on "Looking for a Landscape Architect".
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