What Is Landscape Architecture?
Landscape architecture at F&V blends art, science, and technology to inspire a meaningful balance between the natural and built environments in which we live.
We’re all about the creation of places and spaces that are meant to be experienced. That’s why our approach is a collaboration between our landscape architects, the client, and the client’s end users to create a valuable, aesthetic, safe, and enjoyable environment based on client goals and needs. When environments can be experienced, a community is brought together.
Landscape architecture is more than parks and recreation. It helps bring identity and human scale to basic infrastructure. A road becomes a streetscape with lighting, trees, seating nodes, planters, brick pavers, and other amenities. A pathway becomes an adventure to reconnect with nature. An alley becomes a woonerf for pedestrians and various modes of transportation to share the space. An abandoned parcel becomes a hub of gathering and entertainment. Merging the useful infrastructure with creative designs and uses creates an environment to be experienced.
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Types of Landscape Architecture Services
Parks and Recreation
F&V has a history in developing five-year parks and recreation plans, master plans for park development, non-motorized master plans, and specific design park and trail development plans that are integral in developing successful grant applications to various local and state funding agencies.
We utilize 3D rendering software that makes it easy to convey how your projects will translate into real-life situations and experiences. This design tool allows unlimited angle/view manipulation to bring your vision to a whole new level.
Universal Design & ADA
One of the cornerstones of F&V when creating a great public space is to build around the principles of universal design, which goes above and beyond basic requirements under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). All environments should be designed to meet the needs of any person with diverse abilities who wishes to use it. If an outdoor environment is accessible, convenient, and a pleasure to use, everyone in the community benefits.
Pathways, Non-motorized Trails & Transportation
We recognize that the value of pathways and trails extends far beyond linking together destinations on a map. More than getting people from point A to point B, they’re about the experience and the journey along the way. They also have the capacity to connect people and become a process of community building.
People want to live in communities in which they play, explore, and enjoy. Well-designed parks create inviting environments that get people to interact with one another and be more involved with their community. By creating public spaces that assist in increasing psychological and physical well-being, we are also helping to increase your community’s quality of life as they grow and change.
Softscaping is often the core of landscape architecture. It is the plants, grass, trees, shrubs, flowers, soil, and other elements that provide color, texture, form, and help define a space. It is the living animated part of a landscape that needs to be durable and maintainable in the often-harsh roadside environment.
Years of experience have taught us that communication can be the difference between a good project and a great project. We also believe that good communication starts with active listening. Excellent communication among the F&V team, the client, and residents/community members is critical to making a project successful. We have been successful in developing community surveys, facilitating public meetings and informal workshops to keep the community involved, helping form public-private partnerships, and keeping everyone involved informed and engaged.
We see sustainability as one of the most important opportunities for both the future of the world around us and for our business. “Green” isn’t a label or a certification; it’s a state of mind that, to us, means a project that is created through environmentally and socially conscious means. The field of “green technology” encompasses a continuously evolving group of methods, materials, and techniques for everything from developing new municipal infrastructure to generating energy to non-toxic cleaning products.
Deciding to incorporate green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) into a project is not always a quick and simple answer. It must be an informed process based on a comparison of the costs and values associated with these practices with those of more conventional infrastructure systems. Whether your community is contemplating including BMPs in a municipal or public works project or in a private development project, the “value engineering” strategy may be useful in evaluating your options.
Our approach is a collaboration between our landscape architect, you, and your end users to create a valuable, aesthetic, safe, and enjoyable environment based on your goals and needs.
We developed a proven four-step process to successfully bring these great places to life. By clearly defining the possible opportunities and fostering an inclusive dialog with members of the community, we work to establish a clear vision. We then refine the ideas brought forth, work to build consensus, and outline the blueprint to take the dream to reality.
- Hold kick-off meeting
- Set goals & objectives
- Evaluate and analyze existing site conditions
- Observe area context
- Identify stakeholders and partners
- Encourage public participation
- Understand desired uses and relationships
- Identify opportunities and conflicts in conceptual planning
- Explore the possibilities
- Begin process of building consensus
- Determine phasing, key use areas, and sub areas
- Refine conceptual planning and sketches
- Create a place
- Develop conceptual design and visioning plan / guidebook
- Develop strategic action with milestones
- Create a program for implementation
Landscape architecture can benefit everyone because it inspires meaningful change to the environments in which we exist.
F&V can successfully lead park & recreation departments and municipalities through master planning, design, and construction of improvements to their parks.