In the design, large swaths of pavement are removed, creating green courtyards with seating for each building cluster while also clearly defining vehicular routes. As requested by residents (and with the added bonus of being earth-friendly), new drying racks are placed in sun pockets for each courtyard. Trash collection is concealed and concentrated along the vehicular spine between the buildings. Within a very tight budget, the outdoor environment has been transformed into a pleasant, green space that cuts impervious surfacing, reduces runoff and the heat-island effect and provides visual relief in a very urban setting.
Project Landscape Architect at Johansson Design Collaborative