VIA 31 | Bangkok, Thailand | Shma

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To create the nice garden out of the confined space seems to be a challenging task for a landscape architect. The design strategy for VIA 31; small condominium in one of the densest area of Bangkok seems to be the answer for those challenge.
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Hasani Villa | Shiraz Iran | Seyed Mohammad Amin Hedayati

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The concept for the design was to dedicate less space to villa and more space to landscaping. This project is located in the new development which called Sadra in Shiraz, Iran. 

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Eye of Africa | Johannesburg South Africa | Uys & White

Eye of Africa | Johannesburg South Africa | Uys & White

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.

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Thailand: Developers focusing on Landscape Architecture

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.

Recently the Bangkok Post in Landscape architecture thrives on developers’ demand to stand out in competitive property market interviewed some local landscape firms such as Surajak Chuepanich of Root Design

“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.”

Read more at the [Bangkok Post]

Landscaping With a Lighter Touch – NYTimes.com

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.”

Read the full article at the the [SOURCE: New York Times - Landscaping With a Lighter Touch]

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