Just over a year ago we featured an article on Wellbeing Gardening that I highly recommend reading as a precursor to this article. It summarised the research regarding the strong links between health and well-being and nature, but more so the benefits of gardening.
That article helps to explain why amazing landscape design shifts are taking place all over the world. To highlight how far even some architects may have come, here’s a little story. About 15 years ago I interviewed a prominent architect regarding his opinion of the designs of the finalists in a national competition. One of the designs was a stunning glass structure that was literally full of plants. I can no longer remember all the details but I will never forget the architect’s response to that one. He sneered:
‘The building would be okay if it wasn’t for all that cabbage.’
Fifteen years later, everything is getting covered in ‘cabbage’!
We are greening cities from roofs to walls. We have guerrilla gardening and school gardening. We have water sensitive urban design. Obviously we are also responding to climate change and resource conservation needs but I think it is strongly tied together. Along with this there has also been a move generally towards more organic design.
Natural Swimming Pools
It seems to me that natural swimming pools emerged as one of the biggest design trends of 2014, but they have actually been around in Europe for decades. Continue reading »