When it comes to landscape architecture, designers are consistently tasked with creating a balance between the needs and wants of the public, as well as the limitations of the environment in which they are working.
Everywhere you look, you will see evidence of both form and function designed into parks, neighbourhoods, gardens and urban plazas. Unfortunately though, a beautifully manicured area can be quickly transformed into a muddy swamp due to the inadequate drainage of traditional paving systems. Finding a compromise between aesthetics and functionality has never been so easy to balance then with porous paving!
When you think about walkways or roads, the common solution to drainage has always been to direct the water flow into drains. While this does the job of eliminating pooling from our landscapes, it ultimately has the negative impact of creating storm surges and transporting pollutants into our natural waterways.
Porous paving provides a different solution to the common issues surrounding drainage in architectural design. This type of paving allows water to flow into the open space within the material. This method is also considerably better for the environment as the water is naturally filtered by the time it makes it to the waterways, instead of being a carrier for chemicals. Porous paving can thus have a dramatic impact on helping to conserve our precious water cycle.
While this is just one of the many ways landscape architecture directly impacts the form and function of your outdoor space, it certainly is one of the most important.
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