Cadence, rhythm, or algorithms can fall under the category of ‘patterns’; something repeated or formed that detects flow. Because we aren’t talking music or big data but landscape design, let’s look at the word ‘pattern’ and how this would apply to a paved surface (i.e., terrace or pathway).
First, let’s talk materials and paving patterns. With a multitude of options on the market to choose from, what you use for your material and paving pattern should be an expression of your personality. Although it may seem daunting at first glance, let’s take a peek at some important factors to balance into your decision process. The material you choose (i.e., type of stone or masonry material) has to be aligned with the style you want to create within your proposed budget. You should review as many materials and paving patterns as possible. Determine the ones that most resonate. When you boil it down to the last few finalists, it’s time to do the mock-up samples. This step, too often overlooked is crucial in making an intelligent and informed decision as well as establishing a standard for workmanship.
Not to deviate too far into design theory, or worse, fall under ‘TL; DR’, (internet lingo for "too long; didn't read") let’s leave the design differences between manufactured, fabricated, mosaic etc. for another day. But one more thought to wrap up this post - the difference between good (so-so work) and outstanding is the successful collaborative between the client, the designer and the craftsman. Great details are not just drawn, printed and built. There is a certain connection throughout the course of construction that lends itself to good versus outstanding design.
So here’s a curve ball thrown on the last pitch. This should give you a perspective on patterns overall. As Chuck Palahniuk points out “What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher.”
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