The Oberoi Dubai

Reader’s of “Travel and Leisure – USA” voted the Oberoi Group as the world’s best hotel brand in 2013. See the list of Travel and Leisure’s top five, below. Verdaus Landscape Architects was selected to design the external spaces of Oberoi’s new Dubai offering, “The Oberoi Dubai”. A number of presentations were held in India, […]

A visit to the 911 Memorial Site (Ground Zero)

Laith Wark from Verdaus recently visited the 911 Memorial Site in New York, designed by Peter Walker. The site, “Ground Zero”, was redeveloped as a memorial in honor of the innocent people who died during the tragic events that occurred on September 11. I guess everyone  will interpret the design of this place in their […]

A visit to the Highline in New York City

Last month Laith Wark from Verdaus visited the Highline (designed by James Corner Field Operations and others) on a side trip during a business visit to the USA. It was early summer and the weather was amazing. The Highline was bursting with fresh green growth and thousands of people out to enjoy a day in […]

The Change Initiative Landscape – a Splash of Green

Verdaus provided landscape design services for the Change Initiative Store in Dubai. The store aims to bring to Dubai a ‘one-stop’ marketplace for sustainable products and services such as advice on how to make the home and workplace more sustainable. This project offered the opportunity to develop a planting scheme using plant species that were […]

SoharUniversity– Landscape Irrigation and Waste Water Treatment

Landscape Middle East Magazine recently covered a Verdaus project with a focus on integrated water resource management. The article, “SoharUniversity– Landscape Irrigation and Waste Water Treatment” is an interesting cover of how foresight, collaboration and innovation can offer environmental benefits and cost savings. Introduction In 2007, Sohar University appointed a consultant team to prepare a […]

Rain Gardens of Isfahan

The city of Isfahan is built around water in the centre of a vast desert plateau. The Zayandeh River, supplies water to the city from snow melt originating in the Zagros  mountain range 200 kms  to the west. Isfahan is famous for it’s bridges spanning the Zayandeh, most were built between the 12th and 18th […]

Muscat Royal Opera House – Site Progress

Landscape works at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, are in full swing. A large amount of the hard landscape is completed in the sunken maze garden. Site offices have been moved “off-site” to make room for the remainng landscape. The scale and proportion appears to be working very well. We are looking forward […]

Landscape Information Modelling…not up with BIM yet

This post is a comment I made on Lounge8, an online site for landscape architects. Civil CAD 3D is the “Revit” of the civil engineers world and has many applications for landscape architecture. It is the tool for any land modelling, road or pathway corridors, drainage etc, what you would expect from a package for […]

Landscape Architecture Professional Associations

I often am asked for information about landscape architecture and refer people to these websites: American Society of Landscape Architects Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Landscape Institute | Inspiring great places (UK) Landscape Architecture Foundation These sites includes links to the professional association website for landscape architects in Australia, UK […]

Muscat Opera House in Construction Week Online

Recently Construction Week Online recently posted an article about the Muscat Opera House. This is one of Verdaus’ projects, definately, but sadly our involvement was not mentioned in the article! Well, this won’t stop us from posting about it in our own blog. When complete, the opera house will be only the second of its […]

Get sustainable with urban vegetation

Plants in the city help make better places for life. However one downside is the cost of maintaining urban plantings, particularly in hot arid climates.  The good news is maintenance costs and water usage can be reduced through better design. To show just how self sustainable urban planting can be, these photos show plants surviving […]

Two inspiring projects improve slum living conditions

Part of the purpose of this blog is to share information about inspiring work by others. We recently came across a couple of inspiring projects that improved the quality of life for people in poor living conditions. The first project is the Slum Networking in Indore City which achieved remarkable results. What we like about […]

Project update: Royal Opera House in Muscat

We visited the site for the Royal Opera House in Muscat last week and were impressed with progress. Almost all the concrete works were complete. The scale and proportion is now clear it looks right. We’re looking forward to seeing progress accelerate now. [sthumbs=398|399|400,max,3,c,center,]

Sohar University: Foundation Stone Ceremony

The ceremony for laying the foundation stone happened at Sohar University on 13 November 2010. This event was attended by Her Excellency Dr. Rawya Al Busaidiyah, The Minister of Higher Education; His Excellency Mahmood Al Jarwani, The Chairman of the Sohar University Board of Directors, Dr Abood Al Sawafi, The Vice Chancellor and other distiguished […]

Jebel Akhdar Walk

Landscape architects love natural landscapes. This is one way we are like most other people. We recently had a great experience walking amongst the villages and agricultural terraces of Jebel Akhdar, Oman’s “green mountain”. Getting out into the surrounding landscape was very refreshing. The walk was also an education in cultural landscape studies of the […]

Designing for child’s play

Here is a collection of interesting links related to designing for child’s play: 1) An interesting and well researched article about the need for children to have contact with nature. It is unfortunate that children can’t design their outdoor play environments. Research on children’s preferences shows that if children had the design skills to do […]