Using the landscape feature to define the space
Space is always the most important factor in the design program, whatever in architecture or urban design. Firstly, we classify the space in two types, one is public and the other is private space. As we know, public space is a kind of social space, people gathering in this space and holding some activities to interact with other people. In the opposite way, private space is kind of private property, such as back yard, front yard or some charged places. In this post, I would talk something about how to define or design the space in landscape way.
Pavement is one of the typical way to define the space. Even in the open space, people got the different feeling when the pavement changed. If we are in a totally opened space without any vertical structure. However, there is a little place with different pavement comparing with rest of ground. Potentially, we think this place is more private than the other space. The other function of the pavement is to guide people toward to a direction. This method is always happening in some of big scale park or plaza.
Tree is a kind of strong mark for defining the space as well. Because of trees can naturally create a space or footpath. Like Chinese elm tree (Figure 1), this tree create a space with the shade and the focal point. When people get in the shade, they will feeling like they access a relatively private space, then just having their picnic under the shade. ( Mihalic F, 2016) Moreover, trees could create the footpath as well. We can see many paths are lined by trees. The trees partially enclose the path or driveway to provide shade and a rhythm of vertical trunks. ( Mihalic F, 2016)
(Figure 1: The Chinese elm tree)
In sum, space plays an important role in the urban design and people have different feeling in every space even though the space just has slightly changed. A sensational design should consider each of the space and define the space in the proper way.
Mihalic F. (2016). 5 Ways to Use Trees to Create a Sensational Garden Space. [online] Available at: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/64738066/list/5-ways-to-use-trees-to-create-a-sensational-garden-space
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