Mark Laurence's Blog

Musings on garden design, natural landscapes, vertical greening, sustainability and biophilia

Adptive Landscapes for a Changing World

Adaptive landscape design
by Mark Laurence

The world is finally, at the last minute, waking up to the impending effects and consequences of climate change. In

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sustainable concrete alternatives
by Mark Laurence

Concrete is a wonderfully versatile material, which has been in use since Roman times and with it we can build

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Children and water, Boston
by Mark Laurence

The safety of children and water is potentially a controversial issue and I want to make it clear from the

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by Mark Laurence

Rain gardens are a relatively new approach on how to deal with water in the environment. In the last 10-15

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The dry garden - created over the remains of an old driveway
by Mark Laurence

The emergence of the idea of resilient planting is a response to a number of different pressures which all have

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Living walls as part of a building biomembrane
by Mark Laurence

NOTE: This article was first written in 2006, so some aspects have been updated to reflect current realities. Biomembranes is

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Vertical flow pond biofilter
by Mark Laurence

The maintenance of ponds is the one thing that people seem to be the most uncertain about – it seems

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A natural water garden. The stream has built in biofilters to cleanse the water
by Mark Laurence

Water in its purest form is the most simple of compounds – two atoms of hydrogen to one of oxygen

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A good transitional entrance space between house and garden
by Mark Laurence

This article was first published in 2009. There are few aspects of our built environment more emotive that that of

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by Mark Laurence

This article was first published in 2007 and has been updated 2018. Future gardens will be an integral part of

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