Landscapes As Infrastructure

To focus on Landscapes As Infrastructure presents exciting opportunities:

  • How infrastructure can structure growth, organize institutions, and catalyze community-making and reinvigoration.
  • How ecologically positive infrastructure strategies and techniques can support healthier sites for all their residents, human and otherwise.
  • How infrastructural landscapes can contribute to projects rich in civic expression, particularly in ways that strengthen and clarify citizens’ relationships to the city and reinvigorate civic life.
  • How infrastructural landscapes can be strategic mechanisms that enable economically, efficiently, and bureaucratically streamlined projects.

We believe that there are 4 critical components in executing exemplary infrastructural landscapes (click to activate):

Engineering

Ecology

Architecture

History

 

Engineering

Rather than bury essential utilities underground of consider them "problems" we seek the constructive potentials for these necessary elements. Stormwater management, in particular, can often present important leverage opportunities for the project's budget and political capital, as well as public education and creative, rich experience for those who visit the project. For more, click image or Engineering.

 

Ecology

Considering ecology as a major component is as much a design opportunity as an ethical position. Robust natural systems are more economical in the long run, require less maintenance, and present richer experiential environments for those who are part of the site. Whether the project is a small park, greenway, or large development project, we prioritize ecological systems and sustainability, and we use the most current scientific knowledge, not rule-of-thumb generalities. For more, click image or Ecology.

 
   

History

In order for landscapes to be places, they must be situated within their historical contexts, making relationships between what the landscape was, what it is, and what it will be. This does not mean necessarily replicating a past state of the site. Instead, we carefully construct a framework for understanding each of the site’s different aspects and how it should be retained or transformed to its contemporary context. For more, click image or History.

 

Architecture

Buildings and landscape are not separate components that can be shuffled around like a "kit of parts." They inextricable from one another: sometimes reciprocal, other times juxtaposed, most often intertwined--but always in thoughtful and meaningful relationships. We work collaboratively with our architectural partners to create holistic projects in which landscape and architecture enhance one another for greater results than either alone could produce. For more, click image or Architecture.

 
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