Verdaus use Land F/X software for accurate irrigation design

This post is based on the latest newsletter from Land F/X, a provider of Land Information Modelling software. Every month, Land F/X highlights a success story from one of their valued clients. This month they feature Verdaus Landscape Architects with special thanks to Tarek Al Sheeti, our irrigation engineer, for input on using LFX. Tarek […]

Muscat: character of the local landscape

These photographs show the natural and native beauty of the natural landscape around the city of Muscat. This is near the area called Bausher. The landscape, in it’s natural state, has a unique and exotic aesthetic. The intense heat and high humidity illuminate the sky with a soft haze. The effect is sublime, dreamy and […]

Indigenous planting aesthetic

A lot gets said about indigenous species planting schemes but not much done in the field of implementation. Why? Because of popular perception about what There is an interesting paradox between the demands of the new “green design” codes and local expecations of what planting schemes should look like. Streetscapes are almost universially planted with […]

Reed Bed Water Treatment Systems for Emergency and Temporary Communities

Reed bed water treatment systems can benefit people in emergency or temporary “communities” such as disaster zones and refugee camps. This thought struck me when reading about Shigeru Ban using paper tubes to build emergency shelters. The question that struck me was; “Could the reed bed biomass (plant stalks, branches, leaves, bark) be made into […]

Wetland Water Treatment Systems in the UAE

It was very exciting to learn at the recent Water Days Conference that Waagner Biro Gulf has installed fifteen reed bed water treatment systems in the UAE.  Peter Neuschaefer, Director of Environment-Water-Energy ME, made a very interesting presentation which proved that these living water treatment systems can and do work in the GCC. After the […]

Equitable Access, Thresholds, and External Surface Drainage

Remove barriers to movement in external environments. Steps obstruct movement for people in wheelchairs, travelling with wheeled child carriers, or people with impaired vision or physical ability due to injury, illness or age. People who fall in any of these categories are handicapped by environments which harbor barriers to movement. They may even be denied access […]

Local Materials, Natural Landscapes, Cues for Care

Two articles in the May 2009 Issue 23 of Landscape Magazine triggered the writing of this post. The article on Page 8, “Lootah Calls for Innovative Ideas in City Beautification” cites Eng. Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality. Eng Lootah stresses “the need to find innovative ideas” for city beautification and highlights the […]

Landscape Architects Professional Codes of Conduct

Landscape architects who are members of thier national professional association agree to follow codes for professional conduct and ethics. Here is a series of links to codes from the following associations: AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) – Australian Landscape Charter ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) – ASLA Code of Professional Ethics LI (Landscape […]

Interchange Planting

[sthumbs=516|515,160,2,n,center,]This is good example of appropriate scaled landscape design and planting for an interchange near Dubai. The use of locally adapted tree species with gravel under is sensitive to water useage. Strong impact through using limited materials in a simple way. The scale is correct. This is the proper scale for roadside planting. Bold mass […]

Form Follows Function – Know your Audience

“…functional aspects of design are less subjective than purely aesthetic aspects and, therefore functional criteria present clearer and more objective criteria for judgement of quality. The result is designs that are more timeless and enduring, but also frequently perceived by general audiences as simple and uninteresting.”