Landscape Design, Rhythm

posted; 06/08/06
Rhythm is one of the keys to great landscape design, and there are several types of rhythm that make design more powerful. Whether is be alternation, crescando, descending, or one of many others this is an excellent tool for designers.

The other important (or one of the other), thing is understanding the space between the actual elements that are used. The voids are just as important as the mass. It is this interplay between mass-void that create the defined space. The tricky element to understand is that each type of mass/structure/plant/stone . . . whatever; needs its own type of void to be successful. The requirements also differ depending on the style, site and needs of the participants who will use the space.

Tricky-yes. Rhythm is something that should be continually thought about, and used accordingly.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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