LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

Before working at CAT I was a partner in a small landscape construction business.  When I arrived at CAT, although there were already gardeners on the staff, none were particularly interested in the design aspect of horticulture, or the potential of landscape work to embody and communicate environmental messages.

After a few demonstrations I persuaded my new colleagues that creative but functional landscaping was a cost-effective way of delivering a whole raft of sought-for outcomes. We even ran courses on Ecological Landscaping.

After a short while I realised I was working from an implicit set of principles that amounted to what Christopher Alexander famously called a 'Pattern Language'. I tried to write these principles down:

A Landscape Pattern Language (doc)

There were many problems to solve, perhaps some of them impossible, but we always gave it a go, and tried to apply the Principles, for example

Planting Up the Railway (doc)