“I strive to make landscaping memorable by including a unique feature that draws people there, whether it’s a quiet corner to sit and read, or a beautiful garden terrace.”
The smallest details count in landscape design, from storm water drainage systems to paving materials and seasonal plant color. It is not unusual, for example, for landscape architects to spend an entire day just planning the placement of trash receptacles and making sure a garbage truck can back up into the site to remove waste, said Michael D’Angelo, 27, a landscape architect at Copley Wolff Design Group in Boston.
“When designing spaces and the elements within the spaces, it is vital to ensure that all of the details have been given a thorough review. For instance, do we have enough seating? Will it accommodate those with disabilities? Are the materials suitable? And even: how will we prevent skateboarders from ‘grinding’ on the seat walls and benches and destroying the surfaces? Of course most changes can be made all the way up to construction, but there is surely a cost associated with that.”
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By Cindy Atoji Keene