Aug 182010
 
A Tale of Two Courtyards

These two courtyards are in my neighborhood in Seattle and present dramatically different landscapes. One is in the center of a U-shaped, tall building and faces north while the other is a short building with an L-shaped courtyard and opens NW. The first one has minimal trees, only small ones in the courtyard and entrance while the second has large trees that cast heavy shadows over much of the courtyard. The first is full of flowers, some native plants and some minimal structural plants of hedge-type plantings. It’s a really lovely space that most people may miss because it’s elevated …continue reading

Apr 072010
 
Seattle's Green Factor

The 2010 WASLA awards were recently announced and winning a Merit Award for Research and Communication was a report by The Berger Partnership titled Functiontal Landscapes – Assessing Elements of Seattle’s Green Factor (PDF). The report graphically shows the benefits of the Green Factor program with in-depth looks at each category. The report is well done and the graphic elements explain the program better than the City of Seattle’s Green Factor website does. Here is a brief description of the Green Factor from the City of Seattle website: The Green Factor is a landscape requirement designed to increase the quantity …continue reading

Feb 042010
 

A very large green roof is being designed by the firm Samoo Architects & Engineers in Seoul. This will be a massive project and the roof will be turned into a large park. This is becoming more and more common in many countries and it has fantastic possibilities for ecology such as reducing the urban heat island affect, reducing stormwater runoff and providing more open green space. Unfortunately however, many of these projects barely think about, or neglect altogether, wildlife habitat. The roof is an ideal place for many species because it’s a safe refuge from ground predators and often …continue reading