CEC on the Radio – Benefits of Design for Public Open Spaces
With increasing public sector cutbacks and private companies seeking to reduce costs wherever possible this seems to be a common question. In response, CEC landscape architect Lucy Wilson-Richards took to the airwaves for a breakfast chat with Andy Coote of Source FM and fellow landscape architect Mike Hawes of Mor Studio.
After a brief introduction to both CEC and Mor the discussion began by outlining the purpose of using design in public spaces and how and why we as design professionals should be involving local communities in the whole process. Using recent project examples such as CEC’s landscape restoration of Gyllyngdune Gardens in Falmouth and Mor’s regeneration of park at the heart of the London borough of Bexley, Lucy and Mike outlined the ways in which listening to the needs of locals, land owners and maintenance teams enables landscape architects to resolve the various client aspirations to create truly sustainable and high quality environments. The key message coming through was that whilst useability has to be a prime consideration, it is a delicate balance between that, aesthetics, sustainability and economics which we’re aiming for with successful projects and that landscape architects with their training and experience covering the whole of the external environment are perhaps best placed to achieve that aim.
To hear the discussion in full click on the link below the photo:
For more information on how we can help you take your proposals from an initial idea to a development on the ground go to www.cecenvironment.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or give Lucy a call on 01872 245510.
This entry was posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 1:57 pm and is filed under News.