United Arab Emirates | Dubai


dynamic sustainable landscape        When landscape architecture is set in a strong contrast the result is found agreeable to many, exciting and vibrant to some. The harmony of opposites has a visual quality which is intellectual. It usually juxtaposes nature - plants and trees, against an urban environment. Natural vegetation, because of its rarity in cities, is often important in the perceptual image of the resident and tourist, particularly for children and young teenagers.

        In the natural landscape distinctly shaped features – rocky outcrops, the single large tree/palm or the hillside reminiscent of a human form – act as a landmarks and reference points for orientation. On a small scale natural local features – vegetation type (wide range of native plant species), pronounced variation in geological structure of Middle East (desert, wadi, oasis), may provide important clues for a full image of open space and appear in the urban fabric. They perform the task of relating man to his contemporary environment but, possibly more importantly, to his deep roots in history.

        We can’t say a lot about existing natural landforms of Dubai but, if you will put some attention to details which are really perfect reflect the local environment, you will find ‘culture-tradition-nature’, it give us opportunity to create balanced and well-shaped landscape design in the city – identifying ways that park and open space system can promote or contain growth. How to enhance existing public landscape areas in United Arab Emirates? - We should avoid the destruction of eco-system, to use low-maintenance groundcovers, low flowering shrubs – native plants species, to protect habitats.

        In putting forward these arguments we are not suggesting that all urban green spaces should be treated in the same way and incorporate the same approaches to landscape planting. Instead, we are proposing that if quality is to be maintained and the benefits of landscape planting are to be extended then radical solutions may have to be considered that involve a more ecologically informed basis for the use of plants in designed landscapes.

        “Plantings must be publicly acceptable, as well as environmentally sound, if they are also to be sustainable in the long term. It should maintain soft scape features to preserve city line views, to frame and enhance views and scenic qualities. So, how might this all fit within the network of urban green spaces? In order to maximize value in plantings, the appropriate style must match with available resources and the degree to which ‘wildness’ might be publicly acceptable. It is possible to recognize major factors that determine the type of amenity planting in any given urban area - the availability of resources for management, the cultural context, public preference for color or tidyness, the use of the site (whether, for example, it is sports areas, recreational, residential or business district) and relative importance of nature conservation.” – says Kateryna Struzhko.

        We all want to be as sustainable as possible, but the question is in agreeing what are the limits to what is sustainable and what is not?