I'm told to design a park on a piece of land shown below:

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I thought about the idea of using concentric circles and converging lines as paved paths/trails. At the center/focal point, there would be a paved circle. Between the pavements, there would be grass, trees and benches.

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I was wondering if anybody knows if this is a good idea

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    How do you want us to qualify this as good? Nothing appears to be wrong with the design, but what are you seeking? Specific type of uses? Plants? Trees? Natives? Density? Saturation? Please help us by defining your goals. Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 7:00
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    PLEASE DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK - asking the internet to do your homework for you prevents you from learning.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 13:11
  • Ecnerwal, most people are able to look up gardening information but landscaping (professionally) is a whole different gig. This site does say 'landscaping'. Landscaping questions are few and I am amazed I am the only Landscape Architect I've noticed on this site. There really should be a separate site for landscaping. Landscaping is only 10% plants, seriously but can still be taught to lay people. Bundle up Gardening, Soils, Earth Science, weather, zones, native non native plants, water sciences, physics and then major social sciences and laws...you've got Landscaping.
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 20:03
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    what is the purpose of the site? A meeting place, an amphitheatre, a..?? Purpose guides design. The site itself has things you have not told us: history, usage, geographic history, slope, temperature range. These items also guide design. Are there features like mountains or rivers visible from the site?
    – kevinskio
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 22:42
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    @Stormy, you miss the point. This smells exactly like a homework assignment in a class. It's September, abeit we've been at "eternal september" for quite some time on the internet. Until I see something to indicate otherwise, I see a student asking for others to do their homework assignment for them.
    – Ecnerwal
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 21:04

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This is pretty cool stuff Mr. User. You need to remember that you are landscaping for humans and not aliens or passengers in planes. Down below on the ground no one would see nor appreciate this 'wagon wheel' design. If I saw a 'wagon wheel' made naturally by humans on your original base plan/photo, then I would reconsider.

The best way to design paths is to use the paths already made by humans directed by the different destinations in the area. These are taking up an awful lot of resources (to include money) and chopping up the natural area.

You also need to know the city's building and codes/regulations. I don't know what material you plan to use but even gravel reduces the 'allowed permeability' for a site. Tell me more...

  • I agree with stormy. I think you should now do few photo (e.g. from the corners), and try to immagine what do you want to see from there. (aka: design with an "human point of view and not bird view). In general I like to have few different zones (open lawn, a more shadow part for hot summer, a zone with flowers). Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 16:54
  • Thanks, Giacomo. User...have you any training at all for Landscape design? If not my goodness have you been saddled with a very 'plum' task but expect to get a bit overwhelmed. Focus on FUNCTIONALITY! Aesthetics happens only when something is designed based on how that something satisfies FUNCTIONS. Start by doing schematics with bubbles of use, problems needing solved. Try listing 5 goals or objectives. Beneath each list problems that you can imagine; at least 5 problems each goal. Then 5 positive reasons for each objective. Then 5 ways to solve each problem. Beneath each way to...
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 20:22
  • We had to do 10 of everything. This is the crux of design. You are making your brain jump through hoops. No one and I mean NO ONE can just whip up the perfect solution at first glance and trying to is irresponsible. I taught a class on creativity. Send me a list of your goals, objectives, regulations or constraints for design and installation and I will lead you through the process. It is exciting to see a design happen right in front of your eyes using this process. And it will be the BEST design.
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 20:26
  • I am a Landscape Architect. 5 years of accredited University to include a lot of teaching and then a 4 day long testing to get my license. Sorta kinda like a doctor or a lawyer or architects. Most people have no idea how huge it is to become a Landscape Architect. Landscape designers need no schooling, just a green thumb. I am not sure you understand that you have been given a humongous project. Where is this site? One of your first duties is to get to buildings and code for city or county depending on your site and understand the regulations for this site. You'll want to find....
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 20:32
  • ALL constraints for design FIRST. To include where the water will be drained to, permeable surface, buildings such as restrooms, storage for maintenance tools, electrical for lighting, plumbing for drinking water if necessary. I am not sure about the scale involved. Also, you need to get a 'base plan'. The city or county B&C hopefully will have drawings to scale that will show legal property lines, neighboring uses, orientation, water lines, electrical lines, parking, biking rules and all existing structures, fences. You need to redraw and learn what is there before any design should start
    – stormy
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 20:39

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