Optimism for the New Year

Happy New Year! This time last year I said we were ‘cautiously optimistic’ about prospects for 2013. After a slow start this feeling proved correct and we had a very busy time particularly in the autumn. 2014 is starting well so let’s hope that after five years’ of recession we are beginning to get back to more prosperous times.

Quite a lot has happened in the first two weeks of the year. I wrote a long overdue book review for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation for their magazine, Context, on Managing Cultural Landscapes, co-edited by a friend, Ken Taylor, and Jane L Lennon. When the review is published we will add it to the website but it is a great read with some fascinating case studies and plenty of advice about guidelines and strategies.

The University of Exeter Medical School has published a study in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology confirming that ‘Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits.’ Co-author Dr Mathew White says ‘What we’ve found suggests that the mental health benefits of green space are not only immediate,Wholesale NFL Jerseys but sustainable over long periods of time.’ Any landscape architect has known this all their working life but I should stop being annoyed at it taking so long to be proved right and endorse studies like this. They help provide a theoretical base for our work and we should use them relentlessly to encourage the restoration of spending on open spaces.

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Last year we were asked which of the plants we proposed on our planting plans benefitted bees. This year the request is to identify the plants that have flowers that are open at night to encourage night time insects. I see some research on the horizon.

The Landscape Institute has published revised Conditions of Appointment for a client which has meant a flurry of activity in reviewing our appointment terms. They are quite different and we are not sure we agree with everything. They come at a time when procurement for any kind of government work seems to get more and more complicated. At our P2C discussion group we decided landscape architects are going to have to get their head around these complex business issues because if not, they will be excluding themselves from potential sources of work.

This is one of the topics raised in The Future for Architects? an RIBA report prepared by Building Futures that I finally got to read. All sorts of practices were interviewed and there is a wide range of ideas about how the profession might diversify. https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/vente-viagra/ It is worth a read if only to see how you might fit into their vision and where you might go.

My New Year’s resolution is to ‘catch up’ with my emails, reading and research. As you can see I have made a dent but new things come along every day and that feeling of being completely ‘on top’ of everything is probably unattainable. Too much information all round. Never mind – Happy New Year and here’s to a busy and productive year for us all.

University of Exeter Medical School research www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title349054en.html

The Future for Architects?

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