Waters\'s Expectations


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This presentation is 6 minutes 40 seconds long and is presented in Pecha Kucha format: 20 slides, 20 seconds each. Most of these images are Gordon LA projects unless as noted. This presentation attempts to give water human feelings to discuss how we use and percieve water in our changing landscape.

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  • Water has always been used and valued in our landscape Socially, Aesthetically, Functionally and now more than ever through sustainability BUT, do we ever stop and consider what feelings water may have? (pause) Lets take the next 6 minutes to consider its feelings.
  • This is where my love for water began This is Long Island Sound off the Connecticut coastline Its taught me humility and respect for water The interaction is purely visual and made without touch Water feels expansive and free
  • We use the qualities of water in the landscape to fulfill many needs In this slide, water is collected and introduced (as continuous streams) to create sounds and a sense of place for a residential community Water is controlled but celebrated
  • Water can be used to maintain beauty through irrigation – but it is visually hidden. We have a social expectation to need or require beauty in our landscape, BUT, why cant we achieve beauty through native landscaping? Water remains hidden, but yields natural beauty
  • Water needs to be used in our landscapes responsibly We EXPECT potable water to be used for irrigation BUT, use of native materials and alternative water sources will change our habits Water is still hidden but rainwater is now welcomed into this landscape
  • Rain gardens respect water and filter our developments - They keep water quality in check with use of native landscaping And extend (rain) waters stay Water now has a resourceful purpose and is being cleansed
  • Our recreational habits rely heavily on water - We expect to play on lush courses and green fields As designers, we need to promote re-use strategies with Reclaimed water lines and on-site reservoirs Water is hidden but the re-use potential is realized
  • Water has always been used as a medium for health related activities Swimming in pools will always be used for recreation, relaxation, and pure fun This is one of our residential courtyards where Water is used as an amenity to attract tenants Water is silent and activated by human presence
  • As such, water provides attraction in our parks and developments Without water a park is just a park, but with unique water features a park becomes a destination, provides attraction, and creates social gathering Water is celebrated and recognized for its fluidity
  • Water (features) can appear subtle and monumental at the same time Its form follows function in this traditional fountain Used in this private landscape to showcase personal wealth and Termination of an axis Water is celebrated, but is it objectified ???
  • Water is often used to mark entrances and invoke interaction from building users Children use the library and the WATER’s presence elicits play from children Water is touched and felt by human hands- water feels the love
  • Rainwater is recycled and celebrated through this courtyard Water is collected and sent through runnels and displayed over custom artwork Stormwater is now seen by humans as an amenity, expectations change, (Rain) water is celebrated and given prominence
  • With development, storm water is typically piped, collected into a pond and retained But as requirements get further complicated with ever changing regulations Will our ponds get simply bigger? Or will we learn to change our trends?
  • The next few slide showcase some of these trends Managing streetscape storm water in smaller, urban facilities With Bio-retention planters Keeping water on site and providing a natural irrigation source Water feels useful, unique, and resourceful
  • Cisterns and rain barrels store rain water from building roofs Water is held through rain events and then supplied for irrigation and building re-use Water provides re-use potential, feels (the satisfaction of being) important and intelligent
  • Typical roofs provide 100% runoff from storm water, BUT Vegetated roofs provide opportunity for water to be saturated, used and filtered Hotel guests facing the roof have a visual by-product of storm water Water is naturally irrigating instead of typically sheet flowing
  • Should water be piped under the street? Invisible to man? Or should we celebrate its fluid motions, sounds, and its social appeal? Runnels and outlets provide opportunities for humans To experience water in different ways Rainwater is celebrated and introduced for human reaction
  • As such, the landscape architects at Nelson Byrd Woltz Resurfaced over 1200 linear feet of piped storm water To create a visual and tangible amenity for the community in Charlottesville Water is re-surfaced and returned to natural like characteristics
  • We will always seek out water to find meaning in our lives Adam and I find it in natural form here at the Red Trail in Leesburg, Its here where we can learn to humble ourselves To understand the needs, the feelings, and the expectations of water
  • I hope we can all take time to value our precious resource in Water The world is ever changing, Managing and integrating water socially with the environment Will be expected and is becoming our reality Thank you for listening about waters’ expectations
  • Waters\'s Expectations

    1. 1. Waters’ ExpectationsGordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    2. 2. St. Mary’s by the Sea, Bridgeport Connecticut Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    3. 3. Dulles Residential Courtyard I Herndon, VirginiaGordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    4. 4. BIONative Landscaping: Rosa Rugosa Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    5. 5. Arlington Trade CenterArlington, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    6. 6. Stafford Park, Bioretention GardenCity of Fairfax, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    7. 7. Brambleton Golf Course, Ashburn, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    8. 8. Dulles Residential Courtyard IHerndon, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    9. 9. Maymont Terrace ParkVienna, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    10. 10. Whitehall ResidenceStafford, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    11. 11. Shirlington LibraryArlington, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    12. 12. 10th @ Hoyt Courtyard Koch Landscape Architecture Portland, OregonGordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    13. 13. Plaza America Pond and FountainReston, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    14. 14. Bioretention @ Streetscape Planters Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    15. 15. Arlington Trade CenterArlington, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    16. 16. The Westin Vegetated RoofHerndon, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    17. 17. Storm Water Conveyance Runnels and Roof DrainsGordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    18. 18. The Dell, Nelson Byrd WoltzCharlottesville, North Carolina Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    19. 19. [Adam]Balls Bluff ParkRed TrailLeesburg, Virginia Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com
    20. 20. Oomer Syed, LA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+CDirector of Landscape ArchitectureGordon Landscape Architecturea division of William H. Gordon AssociatesPlanning | Landscape Architecture | Sustainable Design | Parks & Recreation4501 Daly Drive Suite 200 Chantilly Virginia 20151 | www.GordonLA.comdirect: 703–889 -2356 | mobile: 571-244-1238 | twitter: OomerSyed_LA Gordon Landscape Architecture | www.gordonla.com