A Day In The Park

Park design, like any other task, involves some give-and-take. Landscape architects, members of parks and recreation departments, and vendors face emerging environmental standards, shrinking budgets and municipal belt-tightening, evolving needs of stakeholders and users, and dwindling plots of green space in dense urban areas. Joan Floura of Baltimore-based Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) spoke recently on best practices in park design. Three components take center stage, she says. “The trend is toward low-maintenance design,” Floura explains. “Many clients just don’t …


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