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Monday, August 11, 2014

Influential Design Themes

Influential Design Themes
Mark Harrison Hough recently penned a very thought provoking piece. In his post, DoesBeauty Still Matter he shares his thoughts on what he sees influencing landscape architecture and design in the years ahead. But my question is when you clicked on this post, ‘Influential Design Themes’, was it the text you noticed first or was it the image of water with a beautiful sunset that first drew your eyes to the page? To answer Harrison Hough’s question, beauty still matters when the expectation is to draw us in.   

Water is something that flows throughout many design themes. It is an element that people love and are truly drawn to but to appreciate the sustainability and resiliency aspect, do we lose its aesthetical value in the process? How it is implemented into a design theme offers much to a successful landscape plan. The points that Harrison Hough touches upon are certain, without question, to influence design in the coming years ahead.

Now that the question, ‘Does Beauty Still Matter’ lingered and simmered for a bit, one might draw the conclusion that the answer lies in the best designs achieving both. An aesthetical value should be weaved in while implementing sustainability and resiliency. The goal, a critical one remains - to draw people in. To answer the question, ‘Does Beauty Still Matter’, the best designs will provide the experience, appreciation and the value of one’s surrounding landscape.  

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