Eye of Africa is a residential golf community in Johannesburg, South Africa. Landscape Architects Uys & White (Pty) Ltd was briefed for the development of an appropriate park system which is sensitive to the environment and will provide for the needs of residents, the development of a landscape and streetscape theme which is generated by the natural Highveld environment. Uys & White won a 2011 Corobrik-ILASA Award of Excellence in the category Planning & Design for Eye of Africa Phase 1.
Once upon a time a good facade and interior design was all that was needed to sell apartments in Thailand. However, the market is getting very competitive with developers focusing more on Landscape Architecture to differentiate there projects from other similar developments.
“It has become another significant selling point for developers to lure buyers,” Mr Surajak says. “More focus has been put on the design of the surroundings or common areas that allow residents to enjoy outdoor activities and a good atmosphere.”
A recent article by William L. Hamilton at the New York Times about landscaping enhancing property values interviewed some landscape architects and clients and many drew the conclusion that people are heading towards more low maintenance gardens with few features. Out with the outdoor kitchen and in with the kitchen garden. More native plants and natural aesthetic.
The landscape architects in the article were:
Mike Mushak (CT, NY) said his clients were more interested in growing vegetables and getting their hands dirty than owning and operating the elaborate outdoor appliances…..
Anne Howerton(SF) said “how much work you want to put into maintaining a property, at any price point.”…….
Andrea Cochrane(SF) said about clients with green intentions – “They’re definitely aware, but when people look at the amortization — the payback — they tend to cut it out. I’ve become a little jaded about that.”…..
Perry Guillot(NY) stated that “High, high maintenance, that’s moved on,”……..“It’s like having five bad kids in the house, constantly needing things.”