How Covid-19 is Changing Landscape Design

The new way of living is shifting the way we move from our home to work, school, shops, or restaurants. Lockdown measures have forced people to use outdoor parks, squares, and high streets more often after the government closed doors to businesses and offices.

Subsequently, we saw pollution levels go down, the streets being empty and we had cleaner air to breathe which ignited a spark towards re-evaluating the way we design our cities and battling climate change.

The new “normal” might be temporary but hopefully, we can implement some changes that help tackle a greener, more sustainable, and pedestrian-orientated landscape design.

In the latest journal by Landscape Institute the Greener Recovery: tackling climate emergency and COVID-19, have addressed issues in regards to our current land use and how we can benefit from changes that could make our environment healthier in the future.

If there is one thing evident is that it’s becoming increasingly important to address landscape spaces in rigour adding plantation where possible, replacing traditional mediums with sustainable materials, and improve outdoor gathering spaces.

There has never been a time when our expertise and creativity will be as highly valued. As the climate change movement becomes mainstream and sustainability is right at the top of the agenda, and as we all struggle to adapt our towns and cities to the COVID-19 crisis, we must grasp this opportunity and make a difference. — Jane Findlay, President of the Landscape Institute

The demand for outdoor exercising and cycling has become substantial during the pandemic lockdown and there is no denying the overcrowding in parks during peek times, increased cyclists on roads, and runners in the streets.

Addressing those changes would mean seeing a decline of roads, high streets with cycle/scooter lanes, running lanes, and an increase of pedestrian pathways.

As most retail, banks, offices, and businesses have moved to online platforms perhaps we could see a future where we utilise those spaces with landscape and net-zero buildings in order to address the climate emergency.

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