One of the things I love most about Landscape Architecture is its potential for metaphor and narrative. More than architecture and virtually any other design discipline, landscape can tell a story. It can engage the public directly in their own narrative, or it can introduce them to a narrative they had not previously considered. It can combine with public art to weave a story that citizens can directly and immediately connect to. The most successful projects are those where the narrative is direct, immediate and discernible.
Pattern Park in Richmond Hill Ontario, is such a project. It is one of our firms newest projects and clearly illustrates the thing I love most about Landscape Architecture.
Upon arrival, visitors are presented with a challenge. “Can you find these patterns in nature in the park?”. A varied program of uses and park elements are designed and developed around patterns found in nature and the guest, child and adult alike, is challenged to find them while also having fun in an accessible swing park, in a water play space, on ping pong tables and on climbing apparatus.
In park design it is equally important to remember that the mind is a sense just as sight, smell, touch and sound are senses.