BY ROWLAND JACKSON, FASLA
As planners and landscape architects, so much of what we do is tied to the bigger picture. From market research and project economics to theming and sustainability goals, we collaborate with our clients and with other project team members to bring multi-faceted concepts to life. No doubt, the big picture is incredibly important to the overall success of the project. But equally important are the design details, which help communicate the big picture in ways that are meaningful to the individuals who visit these urban spaces. It is easy to overlook the details, to not spend the time considering how the user will experience the space. How might that experience be enhanced by an element of surprise, or by a reference to the site’s history, or by a connection to the project’s design premise? These are among the questions we must ask ourselves when we set out to design and create successful urban outdoor spaces.