Field Notes

I am convinced that the passionate landscape architects in today’s (and yesterday’s) world have a similar experience to yours. Their desire to steward the land and impact the lives of humans started at an early age. Mine began with camping, backpacking, scouting, and grounds keeping … and the passion continues today in some degree and fashion, even 30 years after achieving graduating college. Believe you me, on a day-to-day basis, having those morning sunrise rituals can certainly help keep the cynical, frustrating, tainted business experiences, learnings, and dealings at bay when truly practicing this profession.

Tim May

Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Teague Nall and Perkins

On The July 20 Week-Ender, “When The Fountain Runs Dry”

Renee says:

There needs to be a kit that goes with every fountain with a cistern that can be buried nearby to capture rain water, filter it and refill the fountain reservoir automatically. And, maybe a sprinkler system to water the landscape surrounding the fountain. That would be a responsible water feature.


Tim says:

Most recently, I was involved in a similar project – a roundabout with a water feature – that saw the client reconsider and look for an alternative design (before it ever was constructed). When discussed in more detail, we expressed our opinion that the long term and on-going maintenance of such a feature would become a nagging liability.

Rarely do we specify water features in projects geared more towards addressing non-pedestrian needs. Water features may be appropriate for more intimate pedestrian areas – plazas, patios, courtyards, restaurants, residential – and locations where vandalism and mischief are expected to be less opportune (thus lessening the “suds in the bucket” temptation). It is these applications where we start “playing in the water.”

Depending on the effect, fountains can be wasteful with water. That waste may be insignificant in volume, but indeed wasteful nonetheless. As we’ve experienced a movement towards water-conservation in irrigation design, I think too we will see fewer and fewer clients asking for water features. Not only because of the cost of construction and maintenance of a fountain, clients may also elected not to build and instead wish to communicate a stewardship responsibility with a natural resource, one that rationing is becoming more commonplace regardless of the political climate-change arguments in today’s society.


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