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he landscape design industry may have taken a hit worldwide with
the global financial crisis (GFC), but Australia has fared better than
most. And, certainly in Western Australia, confidence is returning.
The public sector especially has been hit hard by the GFC, says Tony
Blackwell, managing director of landscape architecture and urban design firm
Blackwell & Associates, and a lot of projects are on hold, running slowly or
have collapsed. WA is better off than other states, he adds. “Of course, anyone
working directly with the mining industry is creaming it,” he says, adding
that he believes overall there are mixed feelings of hesitancy and optimism.
Having moved to Perth from the UK six months ago, landscape architect
Anthony Brookfield, senior associate at multi-disciplinary design practice
Hassell, is leaning towards optimism. “WA is an exciting place to be,” he says.
“We’re getting many requests for development projects all over WA.”
Matt Huxtable, director of Newforms Landscape Architecture, says he
believes the landscape industry is in a key position to address the impending
challenges of population growth, urbanisation and the yet-to-be-defined
extent of effects from climate change. “This is particularly poignant in Perth
as we face our driest winter on record and a general trend in rainfall decline
over the past decade,” says Matt.
Every site has differing requirements when designing a landscape, but
Matt says that to achieve the best possible outcomes, the following key
elements should be addressed: achieving a balance of client outcomes; budget
considerations; best practice in environmentally sustainable design; testing
new ideas; challenging clients’ perception of landscape; and paying respect
to the culture and history that define a place.
Sustainability is a growing trend. “In the landscape arena, we’re seeing it
with minimising water usage and indirectly with the use of native plant
species,” says Tony. “On commercial projects, we’re typically seeing a higher
content of hard landscape, which is an alternative to irrigated lawn.”
Anthony says water-sensitive design includes choosing waterwise plants,
plus irrigating with recycled water, including storm water and urban run-off,
and treated wastewater from industry and commercial premises. “It’s about
TOP Inviting memorial gardens, by Tim Davies Landscaping, at St Mary’s Cathedral. ABOVE Granite tiles
in three shades from Eco Outdoor enhance Malvern Square, Armadale, Victoria. OPPOSITE Newforms
Landscape Architecture designed this area at the old Crawley Baths site (statue by Tony and Ben Jones).
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