It Doesn't Always Have to be an Afterthought
If considered in detail, landscaping can be the ultimate compliment to the building in which it surrounds. It doesn’t only have to be about soft landscape either; many schemes are let down due to the poor quality of paving materials, step details and street furniture, as they are usually left as a last minute job towards the end of the project. If a landscape architect is involved with a development from the early stages, these details can be designed and specified to tie the whole development together.
I know what you are thinking, the landscape does not earn any real return for the developer and yes I agree, but it does make the building more attractive to investors and tenants and it could be the decider between two alternative options. It also creates an environment which will attract further investment in the future as more businesses wish to locate around an active commercial centre.
If the landscape is left to be a mere afterthought which fails to integrate with the development, we are sadly left with an outside space which is underused and unmaintained which unfortunately accounts for about 95% of our public spaces which have designed within the last 50 years.
Do we really want to leave a legacy like the one our forebears of the late 50’s and 60’s left for us?