April is National Landscape Architecture month. The event was founded by the American Society of Landscape Architecture as a way for landscape architects from all over the country to come together to heighten awareness of their important role in public and private forums. The theme for this year’s event is called “Career Discovery” and is geared towards educating and promoting the landscape architecture profession to students, specifically underrepresented minorities. During the month of April, landscape architects from all over the US will hold public events showcasing what can be achieved through hands-on work with the public, speaking engagements, and in-school presentations.
One such event is scheduled for April 19th, right here in Tennessee at the Design and Presentations at Laurel-Snow State Natural Area. In partnership with the Laurel-Snow State Natural Area, the University of Tennessee‘s Student ASLA, East-Tennessee Section ASLA, and newly formed South-East Section ASLA members will educate park visitors and protect the historical and ecological resources. Unique features on the site provide opportunities for interpretive signage, miles of pedestrian trails, and much more. Panoramic overlooks, deep gorges, waterfalls, cascades, unique bridges, and bluffs all adorn this wonderful state natural area and regional destination. Laurel-Snow State Natural Area is 2,259-acres and part of the Cumberland Trail network.
Landscape architecture consists of designing outdoor public areas, parks, landmarks, and structures to achieve environmental, social-behavioral, or aesthetic outcomes. Landscape architects also oversee, along with other specialized contractors, private estate and residential landscape planning and designs as well. These can encompass visual resource management, green infrastructure planning, provision and a host of other professions.
Along with landscape architecture specifically, outdoor lighting also plays a key role in the design of outdoor areas, public and private alike, with the common goal of creating an aesthetically pleasing area while paying close attention to environmental concerns. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has worked closely with many local landscape architects to choose the right outdoor lighting for a specific installation. These include both commercial settings, and multi-family residential settings. We use our lighting to bring the vision of what a landscape architect sees for a specific area and create continuity in the completed project that will extend day into evening. This may include the use of landscape lighting, path lighting, tree lighting, and even water feature lighting and focal point lighting to aid in achieving the intended goal of the landscape architect.
Along with improving the aesthetics of an outdoor space, outdoor lighting can also help an outdoor space achieve environmental standards. By utilizing LED technology we are able to introduce a “greener” aspect to lighting that improves the relevance of its use from an economic and environmental standpoint. This is because LED uses up to 90% less energy and LED’s contain no dangerous mercury that can impact the environment. These are just a few of the reasons landscape architects embrace the use of LED outdoor lighting in their creations, as there are manypositive benefits from the use of LED outdoor lighting.
We admire the efforts and talent of our local landscape architects here in the Nashville region. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about how we are making a difference in the community with LED outdoor lighting technology, and how we can make a difference in your landscape too! (615) 373 – 0638, email: firstname.lastname@example.org