October 30, 2015

The Height Weavers Community Green Space: Our winning scheme for the Design for Life Competition

In September I worked on our Poppyhead consultancy submission for the Design For Life competition held between GroundWork London, the National Housing Federation and the Landscape Institute.  As a chartered landscape architect, I am a member of the Landscape Institute and this competition was an ideal opportunity to consider the creation of more sustainable housing environments by…

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September 30, 2015

Helping us manage water and heat in towns and cities: A vital role for Green Space

Water shortages and floods as well as heat build up are becoming more common; partly because of climate change that is resulting in more extreme weather patterns but also, because of the way we use and manage the land. As hedges, woodlands and natural wetlands have been removed the countryside has become far less absorbent.…

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April 30, 2015

Fabricating bespoke design features

As a landscape designer, the components of a design often require fabrication separately to the creation of the space itself. They may require special materials, skills, tools and facilities to create the elements. Often, especially for roof terrace design and unusual spaces or particular garden projects, I work with local UK-based fabricators to create elements…

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July 21, 2014

Watercolour beginnings

I have always had a soft spot for the look of watercolour painting -not the intricate and literal necessarily, but those raw images that are lively and loose, capturing the essence of a scene in an energetic flowing way, with vibrant colours bleeding into one another to create an impression.  Here are a selection of watercolours on…

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Filed under: Designers' guides & Design Process,Urban Sketching — Liz @ 6:10 am
April 27, 2014

Exotic Gardens

  Recently (sat 26th April 2014) I attended the Society of Garden Designers spring conference at Imperial College, South Kensington, London, one of two conferences per year that the Society holds for its members.  The alluring theme of the day was, as the title gives away: Exotic.  This was a first time in a number…

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April 14, 2014

Free-hand Sketching –What’s the point?

As a landscape architect without a previous background in fine arts, drawing has not exactly been something that I was brought up with.  Yet it is a critical skill for design and the further I progress, the more I realize its fundamental importance to design practice and the quality of my designs-it’s a way of…

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February 23, 2014

A Designer’s guide to: Planting Design

For the last several weeks, I have been involved in teaching on a university landscape architecture course and the subject of that teaching is planting design.  It’s a big subject and I’ve been fortunate enough to have been taught in the past by some great planting designers including Hilary Thomas, Kim Page and Andrew Wilson. …

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Filed under: Designers' guides & Design Process,Planting Design — Liz @ 10:34 am