This years’ drought across the eastern seaboard has become a stern reminder on inadequate design for water conservation. Environmental considerations are sometimes forgotten or left as a ‘nice to have’ at the point of design.
Home and Garden Centers, large and small, generally have spacious properties that cover a lot of lands to sell landscaping materials, which take much space to display properly in bulk. Larger corporate owned home and garden “big box” stores’ concrete floors detract from the shopping experience, especially when shopping in the outdoor gardening department.
Hospitals have a reputation for being cold and clinical. Sick people want to leave as soon as possible, and their relatives find visiting them a bore. It doesn’t have to be this way, however, and a great first step in making hospitals hospitable is using StoneSet on the campus grounds.
Here at StoneSet we are used to completely transforming a public space or the way a property presents on the street. We have developed a variety of porous paving applications as porous paving is suitable for numerous applications Here were some of our best before and afters.
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.
Porous paving is a technology from the 1800s that’s finally beginning to see some major use in Australia. This paving is essentially concrete, but without the fine sand and particulate matter that normally fills in the gaps to make it completely solid.
Australia’s recent heatwave has re-ignited the imperative of supporting tree canopy cover in Urban Areas. Homeowners and town planers alike have an imperative to retain water on the land they control, not just for their own immediate microclimate benefit, but for cities as a whole. StoneSet driveway Concrete Resurfacing (as well as fully Porous paving) are one of the best water retention strategies recommended by University researchers.
Read about the practical design features behind this School courtyard. StoneSet installed a natural Tan-brown Australian stone. The thoroughfare had to be hard wearing, anti-slip, no loose stone, puddle free outdoor paving. The whole naturalised design is a cost effective, modern, practical and aesthetically pleasing recreational space.
Landscape Architects should be aware of the Sydney new Aerotropolis development. What’s not so well known is the amazing ‘green corridors’ planned, as part of the urban greening drive by the NSW Governments “5 Million trees” project. Here’s a summary of how water smart urban planning and development will use technologies like porous paving in the future.