Architecture is a beautiful term that helps invoke a feeling of fully built forms that are habitable easy to access and functional. However, to make these built forms more engaging and more functional, landscaping comes into play that instantly uplifts any space and makes it much more functional. Landscaping helps modify any piece of hard land to a more aesthetic and functional space using soft and hard elements of landscaping. thus, combining landscape with built form in a way to navigate through spaces much better to create a better output in general.

Landscaping is just the equivalent of having a scenic and complementing surrounding any built form that will help enhance the aesthetics of the space. It will not only help make it visually better but also help create a better experience for the users of the space. Any structure is incomplete without landscaping and hence considered bland. So, the incorporation of landscaping in any form becomes a crucial factor in helping carve out the best in buildings and making the experience quite unforgettable.

Hence understanding the importance of amalgamating landscaping with architecture becomes crucial.

  1. Sustainable goals

In this ever-changing world, there is one demand that has been getting all the attention: the need for sustainable products and designs. Sustainability factors are essential when one has to design not only for the present but also for the future generation. Passive cooling plays a major role here as this helps reduce the load on artificial cooling devices and hence can get down the electricity bills and help in energy saving. Notice how on a hot sunny day when you walk under the shade of a tree, you feel instantly better and comfortable in comparison to walking on a bare pathway with no trees. This is the effect a single tree can have on the temperature as well as comfort levels. Landscaping also provides a scope of giving back to nature via nature only which will help with the prevention of the urban heat island effect as well and make the urban fabric way cooler and more comfortable.

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Amalgamation of landscaping within the built space
  1. Storm Water Management 

Water is probably one of the most precious natural resources to exist. Rainwater is one such great way to help conserve this precious natural resource. The water that runs off along buildings and ends up on the ground is called stormwater. This stormwater is essential to combat issues like water scarcity and make use of it much more efficiently. This stormwater is prevented from seeping inside the soil when the surface is paved like concrete roads and hard pathways. When landscaping merged into this sphere the storm water easily seeps into the ground and this water then rejoins the water table that is present below the ground. This helps with the provision of fresh and good-quality water during difficult times.

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3. Recreational purpose

What does any human being need at the end of a tiring day, of course, a space that helps to relax and declutter their minds? Nature is a great way to relax and rejuvenate and is proven to be one of the best. Hence landscaping also provides hardscaping elements that will help create more interactive and gathering spaces for people from all walks of life. This will help increase the engagement rates of people within themselves and is good for society in general. Greener patches also attract people from all around so this is an ideal space to catch a fresh breath of air when the space is cluttered. Recreational spaces also provided scope for people to catch up and invite new ideas. Concrete cities are on the spree hence neutralising it with the help of landscaping can provide a way for the people to have their dose of relaxation and focus on their mental well being.

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Sit-out spots incorporated with landscaping

In conclusion, landscaping is an excellent way to help dive into the world of sustainability and the creation of better and more ideal spaces. It has also proven to be one of the best ways to destress and relax and this also helps create a more inviting and engaging environment for people all around. There are multiple other benefits as well including weather control, greener cities, fresher air, and better architectural space. The art of designing outdoor and indoor environments well in sync with each other is an excellent way to combat problems like poor air quality and the deteriorating well-being of people. Mother nature is one the most excellent healers to have ever existed and thus respecting it and giving back to it is also our responsibility. Architecture let alone cannot affect the space, it combined with landscaping is the perfect way to build better spaces.



An aspiring Architecture student.