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Landscape architecture is the creative process of designing outdoor areas, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, and aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and soil conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of components that will produce the desired outcome.
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A public space refers to an area or place that is open and accessible to all peoples, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic level. These are public gathering spaces such as plazas, squares, and parks. Connecting spaces, such as sidewalks and streets, are also public spaces. These spaces may be grand to accommodate thousands of people or can be much smaller to accommodate smaller groups of people to help promote contemplation and relaxation.
Mixed-use development is a type of urban development that blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or entertainment uses, where those functions are physically and functionally integrated, and provides pedestrian connections. Mixed-use developments can take the form of a single building, a city block, or entire neighborhoods. The term may also be used more specifically to refer to a mixed-use real estate development project—a building, complex of buildings, or district of a town or city that is developed for mixed-use by a private developer, (quasi-) governmental agency, or a combination thereof.
As the populations grow, the pressure on transportation systems to accommodate large volumes of traffic increases, resulting in the need for improvements of the roadways and mass transit networks. Boundary Zone is actively involved with transportation improvements in the southeast. We work with communities, local, county, state, and regional governmental agencies to provide safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing improvements to the transportation infrastructure.
A park is an area of natural, semi-natural or planted space set aside for human enjoyment and recreation or for the protection of wildlife or natural habitats. They are escapes from the everyday challenges that people experience. It may consist of grassy areas, boulder areas, soil, and trees, but may also contain buildings and other elements such as monuments, fountains or playground structures. Many parks have trails for walking, biking, and other activities. Some parks are built adjacent to bodies of water or watercourses and may comprise of trails down to the water to experience the ecosystems associated with the area.
Our approach to river restoration and flood resiliency projects is based on the philosophical goal of establishing sustainable drainage-ways that are self-maintaining, cost-effective and provide health benefits to the surrounding ecosystems. Our team is currently responsible for the design of numerous sustainable parks with healthier floodplains by de-channelizing rivers and re-shaping the landforms to increase flood volumes. In doing so, we satisfy the objective to protect expensive infrastructure while establishing healthy riparian areas with trails and environmental play areas that become highly valued natural resources for the community.
A greenway is a long, narrow piece of land, often used for recreation and pedestrian and bicycle traffic and sometimes including multiple transportation (streetcar, light rail) or retail uses.
The term greenway comes from the “green” in green belt and the “way” in parkway implying a recreational or pedestrian use rather than a typical street corridor, as well as an emphasis on introducing or maintaining vegetation, in a location where such vegetation is otherwise lacking.
Some greenways include community gardens as well as typical park-style landscaping of trees and shrubs. They also tend to have a mostly contiguous pathway, allowing urban commuting via bicycle or foot.
The pressures placed on sports fields are tremendous. Sports fields need to be carefully planned to meet the needs of multiple users. Parks need to be multi-functional so they don’t stand dormant for long periods of time. Festivals, farmers markets, art festivals and other large gatherings of people must also be able to use these fields for their events. The turf section, as well as the sub subsurface drainage and irrigation, need to be carefully designed to meet the needs of both the sports enthusiast as well as the passive user. Boundary Zone is the firm to contact for your next sports complex.
Residential landscaping can be defined as the art and the practice of improving the appearance and aesthetic appeal of the area surrounding a home. Each home and its landscape should be a reflection of the people who live there. Additionally, the landscape should be functional and aesthetically pleasing. Residential landscapes are becoming more important. The “staycation” is a widely accepted term today. Creating your home paradise is more practical now than ever before.