In the process of beginning a new e-design for a client, I came across the work of the Santa Barbara landscape architect firm of Lane Goodkind. I was immediately taken by the simplicity and understated elegance of their designs.
With a deep understanding of the natural area around them, as well as the use of plants and hardscapes indigenous to the area, they create not only sustainable landscapes but seamless transitions from that which is man-made to that which nature has created.
Goodkinds quote " Our work begins with the premise that careful stewardship of the landscape is vital to our physical and spiritual well-being." had me thinking.
Shouldn't it be this way with all landscape design? Whether designing landscapes in the arid rocky South West or the small fishing villages of the North East, shouldn't it ultimately reflect it's surroundings ?
A landscape designers first and foremost decision should be to identify the area around them taking into consideration not only the residence , but the neighborhood and the surrounding geography, using what is, as opposed to creating something that never would have been.
Only then can a design be created that will enhance and heighten and be " The Best of What it Could Be"
all photos via Lane Goodkind Landscape Architects