A B O U T
Every urban problem has an environmental solution. Through writing, photography and experimentation, the IYE Project explores human-scale landscape design that operates in successful cohesion with the natural environment to promote health, safety and enjoyable public space.
F A Q s
W H A T I S L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N ?
The landscape is the interface between the human constructed world and the natural processes within it. Landscape design is closely related to landscape gardening and landscape architecture; it is the careful and ethical manipulation of external places and spaces for living, recreation and fulfillment. It is a practice that involves identifying a site's complexities, opportunities and limits, beginning with understanding its historical context and its genius loci. The process of landscape design further involves taking inventory of a site, providing analysis, producing a conceptual design and devising a guide for maintaining it. It requires a blend of science, art, conservation and problem solving.
W H Y D O E S L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N
M A T T E R ?
Sensitivity to public health, art and sustainability is the foundation of the practice. When even a small portion of the earth is taken out of its original context, there should always follow a process and action to give back. To create both balance and to work to support the ecosystem from which that piece came, is essential. Food & nutrients, cut flowers and terrain are things often taken from the landscape or reshaped. Landscape design requires both the designer and the client to be mindful of these human interventions and work diligently to create a symbiotic design + build process. Being mindful of how we treat land is actually the crux of being mindful of how we treat others.
W H Y D O G A R D E N S M A T T E R ?
Gardens are important mechanisms for ecological balance between people, plant species and wildlife. They help spark curiosity, promote learning, give respite, encourage meditation and invoke appreciation for nature. In addition, each time you invest into your personal landscape or a community into its public spaces, the value of that land increases.
A R E A E S T H E T I C S I N L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N I M P O R T A N T ?
Beauty can be seen, felt, sensed and experienced. It is often an outward expression that internal or invisible systems are functioning optimally, and that's a positive signal. This can apply to any realm - physical, mental, spiritual. That said, perfection can be banal, positive organization is healthy, and beauty is often wild.
H O W D O E S L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N
A F F E C T P E O P L E ?
The past, present and future state of the globe calls for civic responsibility, human rights and social justice to abound. It is abundantly necessary for the discipline of landscape design to use innovative techniques, sensitivities and methods to employ conservation, create justice, promote peace & understanding, and offer beauty. Addressing needs like food and water shortages, lack of nurturing outdoor educational areas, promoting science, designing safe public spaces, resisting systemic & social violence, and identifying lack of opportunity, must be priorities in design.