Our human desire to make connections with outdoor spaces and Mother Nature has been the driving force that shapes how we have approached landscaping for many years. The power of nature is obvious – whether it is a secluded green park in the centre of a busy city, or an impressive formal garden surrounding a grand stately home, a coastal trail connecting us to the sea, or a forest path inviting us into the woods, nature can inspire and move us or simply help us to relax.
We want your new landscaped spaces to be both innovative and unique. For us this means that we must work with staff and students to design spaces that are exciting, functional, appropriate and reflect the community and identity of the users. We must also be aware of the project in its context and examine the latest thinking and design practice employed by universities, schools and colleges so that we may learn from the best and share the results.
Below are a small handful of recent projects that have been completed or are in the pipeline, that could help to you to imagine what the Green Heart space could look like at the University of Birmingham.
We particularly enjoyed:
The Harvard Commons space that encourages a feeling of community.
The spirit and identity of the High-Line project in the context of the original site’s use.
The spaces and function of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park & new Google Campus
And the playfulness of both the 10,000 Bridges and Schouwburgplein projects.
Now we would like to know what kind of space you would like to see. We would love to see your thoughts and ideas in the comments section, but if you would prefer you can contribute in the upcoming polls.