Design in 2D but think about 3D

Landscape designing usually starts by designing on a base layout – a 2D plane. Shown below is a typical landscape plan (by ES) for a space between some buildings. Note how easy it is to read the designer’s intentions.

YouTube movie This movie shows how easily we can read the design and work out how the spaces might be used. Notice that the inclusion of a pergola and large deciduous trees show that even though the design is 2D, the 3D elements are considered.

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In contrast, the design below is much more difficult to determine the designer’s intentions. It is not clear how pedestrian traffic is managed and opportunities for ”break out’ spaces have been missed.