Large-scale community-driven projects like parks present a myriad of difficulties. For one, open spaces in communities can often be difficult to transition into usable land. Also, parks seem to be notoriously bogged down by oversight and committees.
Category: Councils and Residential WSUD
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.
Porous paving is not a new invention by any stretch of the imagination. However, it is seeing surging popularity that doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon, according to Belgard. But why are more homeowners (and even business owners and landscapers) seeking more porous paving options now, when they’ve always been around? Well, we have listed some of those reasons below.
This week StoneSet were on site with Heritage Tree Care in the beautiful heritage listed Rockhampton Botanic Gardens in Queensland, installing 190sqm of porous pathways. Tree health and maintaining original character were critical for Rockhampton Regional Council. Read how StoneSet’s ‘Kirribilli Red’ was not only porously practical, but safe and beautiful
We’re often asked, what allowance does StoneSet receive for ‘porosity’ with Councils, specifically in regard to hard to soft landscaping ratios. In this project video, we speak with a home owner in Ku Ring Gai council who has just completed an immaculate build.
Cities are, generally speaking, hotter places to live than more spread out suburban or rural areas. The main culprit for this is something called the heat island effect, which is a fancy way of saying that heat tends to linger in cities, making them hotter than the surrounding area.
Water sensitive urban design or WSUD aims to reduce the amount of impervious hard surfaces and mitigate changes to the natural water balance. (more…)
Permeable paving sounds like a great idea. It has all the strength of traditional pavement, but it allows water to drain straight through it. This eliminates the need for overflow channels and gutters, which can make projects from driveways to streets significantly faster to install, and less costly in terms of time and materials. But what about contaminants in the water? After all, pavement is covered in substances you’d rather not have in your water table, from motor oil to antifreeze spills.