Landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and management - Rowland Byass

Ruins, weeds and wastelands: Berlin

28/11/2014

(This text is part of a paper I presented at a Material Memory: The Post Industrial Landscape as site for Creative Practice, a conference organised by the Fine Art department of the School of Arts and...

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Ruins, weeds and wastelands: Berlin

Internship

18/11/2013

I'm looking for an intern. Details here: ...

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Internship

Images of the Lost Gardens of Khajuraho

27/06/2013

Khajuraho is a village in eastern Madhya Pradesh, a large state covering much of central India. This region, formerly known as Bundelkhand, is remote from the great urban centres of India. But between 900-1200 AD, it was...

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Images of the Lost Gardens of Khajuraho

What does sustainable development look like? (III)

18/02/2013

Part of the problem with a term like sustainable development is that it's so over-used. So what does sustainable development look like? The following points owe nothing to the academic literature on sustainable development, in which I...

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What does sustainable development look like? (III)

Picnic in Rani ka Bagh

16/02/2013

Winter is the most pleasant time of year in northern India. It's the season for weddings and outdoor activities, before the heat drives people into the shade. About this time last month, Raju, who runs the...

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Picnic in Rani ka Bagh

What does sustainable development look like? (II)

03/02/2013

(Above) Orchha Fort from the roof of the Chhaturbhuj temple. Implicit in the idea of sustainable development are the concepts of needs and limitations. That is, the material needs of humans to live – most urgently, those...

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What does sustainable development look like? (II)

What does sustainable development look like? (I)

01/02/2013

This question has occurred to a lot over the last month, travelling across the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Semi-arid, vast (at 308,252 km², significantly bigger than the UK's 243,600 km²) littered with historical monuments...

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What does sustainable development look like? (I)

Lost Gardens Seminar

04/12/2012

Last week the Prince's Foundation for Building Community hosted an afternoon seminar on the Lost Gardens of Khajuraho. I gave a lecture on the Gardens, their history and the project to restore them, to an audience...

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Lost Gardens Seminar

Where I'm from (1)

19/10/2012

Stanford Hall across a characteristically open Wolds landscape. The cooling tower plume of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station can be seen on the horizon. Where I’m from is the east Midlands. No, not near Birmingham (West Midlands, wholly...

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Where I'm from (1)

Childsplay

19/10/2012

Recently I went to a play staged in a park. It was written by my friend Helena Thompson, and put on by her theatre company, S.P.I.D Productions, who specialise in 'adventerous immersive theatre.'  Not the kind...

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Childsplay

What is good planting design? (3)

02/10/2012

“Putting plants together is like learning to speak. We learn a few individual words, then attempt a phrase, or even a sentence. So it is with planting. First learn the individual plants, their habits, and most...

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What is good planting design? (3)

What is bad planting design? (1)

02/10/2012

Bad planting design is everywhere. Sometimes it's not so much bad planting design, as bad management, or just bad design generally. I'm planning to try to keep a photographic record of some of the most egregious examples...

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What is bad planting design? (1)

What is good planting design? (2)

02/10/2012

 Planting design is about putting plants together in space as well as time. Above: a 'conventional' planting plan, as horticultural planting has been practiced in designed landscapes and gardens for much of the twentieth century (from Hansen...

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What is good planting design? (2)

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

15/08/2012

No Ordinary Park from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Vimeo. ...

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Olympic Park Landscape

15/08/2012

I managed to get tickets for the 3m diving semi-finals last week, but what I was really interested in seeing was the landscape of the Olympic Park. Most of us had seen nothing of this 100...

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Olympic Park Landscape

The Developing City

07/08/2012

On now until 9th September, the Developing City exhibition looks at the past and future of architecture and public space in the City of London, the historic core and financial heart of London. Artist's impression of the...

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The Developing City

Polsheer House, Isfahan

30/07/2012

New Julfa is the Armenian quarter of Isfahan, Iran's most magnificent historical city. Shah Abbas I, the greatest of the Safavid monarchs, transplanted the Armenian community here in the sixteenth century to give a boost to...

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Polsheer House, Isfahan

What is good planting design? (1)

12/07/2012

Clipped lavender, santolina and rosemary in La Louve, the garden of the late Nicole de Vésian in Provence. Gertrude Jekyll (inset) and part of her garden at Munstead Wood, Surrey “And I found that one thing well worth...

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What is good planting design? (1)

Deepak Suchde: Natueco Farming

12/07/2012

Deepak Suchde is an Indian permaculturalist, social activist and farmer. I heard about him and his work in 2011 while I was working on a landscape project in Ujjain, in the same state (Madhya Pradesh). I...

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Deepak Suchde: Natueco Farming

The Lost Gardens of Khajuraho

10/07/2012

Khajuraho is a place usually associated with this. ...And this This remote village  at the northern edge of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, is famous – world famous – for its dozens of stone temples, built...

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The Lost Gardens of Khajuraho

Chadar

05/07/2012

From 'Gardens of the Islamic World': 'In Pakistan, India and Iran there is a special type of man-made waterfall called a ‘chadar’. These are sheets of stone or white marble, set at angles between 30 and 70...

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Chadar

Goa

05/07/2012

Goa is one of those anomalous places. A tiny enclave carved out of western coast of India, it still displays the strong dose of Portuguese Catholic influence stamped on it by its colonisers, who only left...

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Goa

Mandu

05/07/2012

Mandu ticks lots of interest boxes for me: a dramatic landscape of hills, hollows and lakes, littered with medieval Islamic architecture, set atop a Lost World-like plateau 360 metres above the surrounding Narmada valley. This is a...

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Mandu

Kaliadeh Palace

29/06/2012

Kaliadeh is a 5 mile cycle ride north of Ujjain. The ride takes you through the northern outskirts of the city through villages and millet fields, past the crumbling remains of several old buildings, some evidently...

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Kaliadeh Palace

Dubai landscape

27/06/2012

I just passed through Dubai on the way from London to Delhi. A flying visit of just two nights, but an appropriate way of experiencing this city – resembling, as it does in many ways,...

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Dubai landscape

Bagh-e-Fin, Kashan

26/06/2012

In 2009 I was lucky enough to make a brief trip to Iran, where I stayed with my friend Mohammad and his family in Isfahan, in the heart of the country. I spent only a week...

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Bagh-e-Fin, Kashan

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