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Eco Park Development

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BRIEF FROM CLIENT To create a park that caters to a diverse range of residents from first time homeowners to retirement age. Thus there needed to be aspects of play which caters for all ages: shallow river areas for young children, jungle gyms, trampoline, places to climb and crawl and roll, trees to climb… to the bowling green for the over 50’s. A place to unwind and feel ‘in nature’ in a densely populated estate, but also a place to exercise on outdoor gym equipment. Vistas to the beautiful mountains and connections to the other housing precincts. Easy access from all sides and for wheelchair access. The ability to host functions in the heart of the development: thus, the need for adequate power requirements and certain car accessible areas etc. All these elements and needs informed the eventual final design. Dennis Moss Partnership initiated the planning and liaison with the Wirth family for the Master planning of the Estate and its public open spaces, with special mention of landscape designer: Otilia Gericke -for the original park design. Landscape Architect, Vikki Crawley of Verdigris Consulting has worked in conjunction with Dennis Moss Partnership since then; developing the design concept with a range of consultants and experts. Initially, the Client, Werner Wirth went through a tendering process in 2015 with Urban Landscape Solutions as the preferred designer and installation. This was paused towards the end 2015; due to time and cash flow constraints as well as the natural effect of the oncoming drought. In early 2016, the approach to the park was revised in conjunction with Style Council’s Exterior Designer, Quentin Mosteyn-Owen to a humancentric and ecological approach which has led to the present design. The important focus has been on the ecological aspects of the Park driven by Quentin who has designed the river systems and water features. The site was originally a quarry which was then filled in with in-situ material and rubble leaving a difficult site to create the extraordinary water features and river systems there are today. The soil is extremely high in clay content making the excavation work sensitive due to its high-water absorption quality in winter and tendency to be rock hard in summer. There is no naturally occurring stream in this area. The illusion has been created through skilful manipulation of the existing topography and artful creation of a closed system of running streams. Reusing borehole water in a constant cycle from top to bottom of slope. Eventually, as the riparian zone grows and develops, the park will require very little irrigation; as the evaporation and condensation due to the large waterbodies and running water will keep the surrounding vegetation cooler and more water-wise. The design approach was to look at the psychology of the space with a larger picture overview of what we wanted to create and celebrate. A natural and co-ordinated use of public facilities which blends seamlessly with the beauty of the receiving environment. The landscape here would not have evolved without the passion of all exterior consultants involved. Much time and patience educating the various construction teams about littering and caring for the space as a whole; teaching the current residents to value the outside space even though it has been a frustrating construction zone over the past 3 years. It has been a pleasure to work with the landscape contractor: Brett Chilcott from roomtogrow; he is a nature-enthusiast and nothing is ever too much. This passion and zeal for the landscape is evidenced in the water-wise and indigenous plant palette and mixes which create the colour, texture and softness in the garden areas. The site is ideally situated with views towards Table Mountain in the western distance and the Stellenbosch mountain peaks ringing the vistas to the east: spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Exterior designers are humancentric in approach and consider the needs of the residents as well as the desire to create natural habitats for bird, insects and aquatic life. A consequence of this kind of approach -is – an increase in the perceived value of the homes and...

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Exterior Design Permaculture

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Exterior Designers are professionals who produce ideas to make your outdoor design unique, practical and beautiful whilst remaining within budget. We see significant shapes and effects; interlinking views, leading to focal points, we question what is practical, how to divide areas to create the right atmosphere. A well designed outdoor environment is a beautiful mystery tour with interest and surprise. If you are a homeowner with enough open space in your garden we suggest you adopt permaculture principles in the management of your space. “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” Bill Mollison The term permaculture is a contraction of the words “permanent,” “agriculture,” and “culture.” Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, the philosophy of permaculture has expanded over time to encompass economic and social systems.  It is a dynamic movement that is still evolving, there are many people who practice permaculture without realizing it – concerned environmentalists, organic gardeners, conservationists, land use planners, urban activists, recyclers, indigenous peoples and anyone working toward creating a sustainable human civilization So, if you are someone that would like to participate in the move towards creating sustainable civilization , there are some practical things you can do in your own back yard’ Create food gardens as close to your living area as possible, companion planting to minimise need for pesticides, earthworm composting and earthworm ‘tea’ to nourish your soil, mulching and layering for soil health and microbial activity.  Attract pollinating insects such as bees and create biodiversity in your garden...

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