For decades, the improvement of biodiversity and ecosystems has been a reference in the work of landscape designers. Since the beginning, two trends have evolved together: the use of the best adapted species and the use of the species with the best aesthetic results.
The increase in the number of landscaped areas close to citizens, as well as the lifestyle of landscaped single-family homes, have led to a significant growing in the consumption of resources.
In the development of increasingly less livable cities with problems of heat islands, soil sealing, noise and air pollution, etc., landscape designers must be responsible and incorporate in jobs proposals to improve green infrastructure, blue infrastructure, and biodiversity improvements.
Vegetation can no longer be just a nice green mantle, but must provide ecosystem services, and maintenance must use the least amount of resources, especially water.
In my new projects, the tree has become the fundamental tool for its carbon sequestration capacity, its ability to make the space more habitable, in addition to other improvements. The shrub masses must reflect the new ecological values, which is very complicated in a climate where it does not rain for more than six months in a row.
In response to this new situation, our designs use plants adapted according to location zones. Some tree species are used for their carbon sequestration capacity and shrub masses reflect a greater naturalization.
In projects we are currently working on, such as Dunique and La Mairena, we seek naturalization and integration with the use of native species, grasses, and Mediterranean climate plants that require fewer resources, but always within a differentiated treatment system according to the areas of action.
For other projects we are working with the idea of zero water consumption.