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3 Environmental Benefits of Green Spaces (#3 Majorly Battles Climate Change)

August 10, 2021 1:40 pm Published by

Last month we talked about the social benefits of green spaces. This month, we’re back for another installment in the series: The Environmental Benefits of Green Spaces! It might seem obvious that Mother Nature likes green spaces, but just how do they make a tangible difference in supporting our natural environment? Let’s explore that!  #1 Green Spaces Reduce Flooding  While it might seem like rainwater should hit the ground and be worked back into the ecosystem, this isn’t always a good thing in our modern world. When rainwater flows off of streets, it takes nitrates, petroleum products, and debris with it. This can then end up in bays, estuaries, and other bodies of water where it shouldn’t be.  But have no fear, green spaces are here! Because they encourage the planting of more trees, green spaces play a key role in reducing the volume of pollutants that make their way into our bodies of water. You see, trees capture that water before it hits the ground.  And of course, this is a win-win for all! The trees are absorbing fresh water that hasn’t collected any pollutants yet, and they’re helping out their nearby watery areas, too.  #2 Advantages Of Green […]

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The Social Benefits of Green Spaces (#3 Changes a Whole Community)

July 9, 2021 4:52 pm Published by

Last month, we discussed the overall importance of incorporating green spaces into your landscape architecture. This month, we’re diving even deeper into the topic, to talk about the social benefits of green spaces!   Keep reading to learn about three major ways green spaces contribute to healthy community connection.  #1 Green Spaces Invite Us to Gather Our technological world increasingly encourages us to disconnect from nature and one another. Beautiful green spaces do the opposite! They welcome neighbors to share in a spring picnic, parents to engage in nature learning with their children, and fitness seekers to walk or jog amongst the trees with a friend.  Humans are meant to connect face to face, and when we do so, we see the positive outcomes in our communities. According to an article by Build Healthy Places Network, “An increasing body of evidence shows that the time people spend in urban green spaces promotes human connection, thereby enriching how we perceive the value of these spaces and each other.” And when we value something, we take better care of it.  So you see, having an easy and inviting place to meet up with friends, coworkers, and neighbors doesn’t just accommodate our own social […]

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Why Are Green Spaces Important?

June 9, 2021 4:58 pm Published by

The dictionary defines green space as “community space consisting of land (such as parks) rather than buildings.” But, outside of textbook definitions, green space can mean many different things in many contexts and to many different people. A green space can be a place of respite in the midst of a busy string of errands; it can be a charming spot where meet cutes occur; it can be childhood memories of days spent running, playing, laughing. For those reasons and many more, green spaces are important. Let’s talk about that! Green Spaces Provide Social, Environmental, and Health Benefits Yes, green spaces offer them all! In fact, the positive impacts they bring to a community socially, environmentally, and healthfully are so numerous that we’ve got a dedicated post planned for each category.    For now though, here are some insightful factoids to remember: More social activities are observed in common spaces that have trees compared to treeless spaces of the same size. Older adults who have more exposure to green common spaces report a stronger sense of unity among residents within their neighborhood. Social relationships have been shown to affect mental health, health behavior, physical health, and mortality risk.  Urban vegetation […]

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Incorporating Safety in Landscape Architecture

May 10, 2021 8:57 pm Published by

Experiencing the outdoors is an essential component of our health. Those of us who spend more time in the open air enjoy lower probabilities of cardiovascular disease, asthma hospitalization, and more. It has even been connected to improved birth outcomes and cognitive development in children. Seaside or amongst the foliage of a quaint park, nature makes us better. But it’s also less predictable and controllable than our carefully structured interior environments. That’s why incorporating safety in landscape architecture is so important. By taking a few smart steps to modify our landscape architecture designs, we can help more people enjoy nature. Here are a few of our top tips to achieve it: Landscape Architects Need to Consider the Climate  Do you have clearly defined seasons? Or is it pretty hot most of the year? This type of thought applies in more specific contexts, too. Is the space you’re working with tucked between two buildings and thus, more susceptible to strong wind gusts? These questions—and more so, their answers—are very important when you aim to create safe outdoor spaces for people to enjoy.  The ideal placement of trees along a street could reduce temperatures on the surface below (and the people walking […]

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Landscape Ideas for Commercial Properties

April 19, 2021 1:24 pm Published by

When it comes to creating landscape architecture for commercial properties, there are many unique considerations. Namely, the design must cater to the needs of pedestrians and the goals for the client’s business. Since this can sometimes feel like a momentous feat, we thought we’d offer up some landscaping ideas for commercial properties, whether they be doctors’ office buildings or retail boutiques.  Use Surrounding Landscape Architecture for Inspiration  This is especially important in more urban locations, as you’ll likely be picking up foot traffic from other places.  In any setting, pay close attention to the green spaces, streetscapes, and canopy just beyond your property lines. Do they encourage walkability? If so, your property might be a great place to offer a spot for respite. Alternatively, maybe the surroundings are, well, rather bleak—all pavement, no tree cover, no pleasant walkways. In that case, making your property a little oasis could result in a very desirable response.  Focus on Circulation Patterns for Commercial Landscaping Not only will this make your landscape more enjoyable for pedestrians, it will also improve upon the results your work brings to your clients. Here’s why … When you design pathways to guide people in a certain way, you […]