The Basics of Modern Landscape Architecture

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Modern landscape architecture incorporates the simplicity that is the hallmark of the modern age. Whether it’s in a home design, architecture, furniture style, or even commercial construction, this architectural style tends to hold true throughout. The primary use of strong contrasting shapes, clean straight lines, repeated patterns, and extreme geometric tones are all utilized in modern landscape architecture today. The use of white and light colors is very much predominant with the other elements of the design being black, grey, and earth tones.

Characteristics Of Modern Landscape Architecture

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One of the main characteristics of modern landscape architecture is the straight and simple form that is the hallmark of this style. These structures are often box-shaped and unadorned, but there is a level of detailing that gives them character. These buildings may be very large, very small, or somewhere in between. Buildings may include multiple floors and even parking structures.

Another key characteristic of modern landscape architecture is the inclusion of xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the planting of trees on top of the existing lawn. This reduces the need for additional space for lawn maintenance and provides visual interest as well as the benefit of providing moisture for the plantings. Some of the plants that can be included in xeriscaping include hostas, oaks, beets, and cedars.

In many cases, xeriscaping is incorporated into the overall design and layout of the property. This means that landscape architects will create an outdoor living space, or area on the property that is designed to accommodate various types of landscaping themes. A golf course will likely have different layouts for putting, than a residential street would. As a result, the outdoor living space of a home or business will generally differ from the overall design of the building.

Landscaping Should Complement Rather Than Compete

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An important factor to remember is that the landscaping should complement rather than compete with the primary use of the property. For example, the placement of a hot tub should not be considered when planning the outdoor space of a home. One should instead focus on adding the hot tub to the appropriate place in the landscape design. This should not be seen as a clash or an unwanted extra. The role of the landscape architect is to create a setting or overall look that complements the intended purpose of the home or outdoor space.

Landscape Architects Must Incorporate Smart Technology Into Their Designs

In addition to incorporating the various features of landscaping into the design of the outdoor living space, landscape architects must also incorporate smart technology into their designs. The incorporation of smart technology into outdoor spaces is done through the incorporation of high resolution (HD) and low light camera systems. These cameras help to capture images of things that may otherwise be missed with traditional photography techniques. This allows for the capture of special events or other unique views that would otherwise not be possible without the smart technology.


Some of the latest developments in landscape building technology include the incorporation of smart sensor technology systems. These sensors allow the user of the landscape architect’s design software to better plan the construction of the future landscape of the future, in real time. This information is being used to improve the accuracy of the planning process, and ultimately the design of the future modern architecture of the future. In other words, the future of landscape architecture may be well ahead of us, but we are just learning the basics!

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