Landscape Design: A Primer - Part 1
|Lichtenstein at F.T.B.G., a fusion of art and science|
|Intent, Goals, & Objectives are prominently noted on|
this student's submission for a poolside landscape
The first part of the Design Process is ideological in nature. It involves determining the scope of your project, and identifying project goals and objectives.
You might be thinking, “Topography - really? But our state is so flat - how can it matter?” Florida’s minimal elevation changes, proximity to the ocean, and high annual rainfall volume combine to make flooding a serious problem. Knowing your site’s highs and lows can keep you from having to put on wading pants in order to fetch your mail.
Another reason that your site’s topography is important is slope. Slope, the incline between two topographic contours, is calculated by dividing their vertical difference by their horizontal difference (rise/run). There are certain optimal slope requirements for various land uses, including playgrounds, areas to be mowed, sidewalks, stairs, parking, etc. Anyone who has driven out of state, and had to get a stick-shift car into or out of a hillside parallel space should appreciate Florida’s maximum and minimum slope standards. I will elaborate on this in the next blog installment.
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