How to Stop Wash Outs and Expensive Maintenance It is rare for a landscape architect to be given a perfectly flat canvas to work with and very few would want one anyway - slopes and hills add character and natural lines. Although...

Urban Footpath Design for the Future Urban centres all over the country suffer from one massive design flaw - the emphasis on roads over pedestrian paths. The rapid growth of many of our cities has coincided with the introduction and increasing prevalence...

When most people see a beautifully landscaped urban park, promenade or walking trail amongst a grey, concrete city, they immediately assume that it must be a positive for the environment. While some green space is better than none, more often than...

Urban Planning for Healthy Cities   Cities are often viewed as unhealthy and unwelcoming places. Many of the most famous works of English language literature are based in hellish Victorian city scapes and modern Science Fiction frequently references dystopian future cities. Despite this...

Sponge Cities: Revolutionizing Surface Water Management in Urban Environments The world is a rapidly urbanising place. Since 1950, the number of people living in cities has ballooned from 751 million to 4.2 billion and Asia is the epicentre of this growth...

Explaining Sustainable Landscaping The buzz word of the moment is sustainability, but what does this really mean and how does it relate to the business of landscaping? On a basic level, sustainability can be defined as the ability to exist constantly.  What this...

More Americans than ever live in urban areas - up to 82% according to World Bank statistics [1]. Big city living has a range of benefits, but residents need to be mindful of their health, as it is all too easy...

Erosion control is a constant concern for landscape architects when designing new projects. Water is a powerful natural force and flowing water from rainfall or even irrigation can cause a number of problems. Without being properly controlled, water will flow down slopes,...