Considering Ecological Imperatives in Public Open Space in


  • Margaret Grose



Public open space within the suburbanising South-west Australian Floristic Region is reviewed in this paper in relation to key ecological imperatives. Qualitative sources, quantitative research and professional practice are examined across science, planning and landscape architecture, with a focus on turf, water, species and retained bush. New relationships between turf and bush in public open spaces in designed suburban developments in this Mediterranean-type hotspot are outlined. Four types of public open space are distinguished, with a focus on ‘turf that works’ and the use of hydrozoning and ecozoning as new strategies in this hotspot. These strategies provide concurrent opportunities for water conservation and biodiversity, and are designed for resilience. This review positions these new strategies as an example of better design outcomes in public spaces as a result of improved translation of knowledge across the disciplines.


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Grose, M. (2012). Considering Ecological Imperatives in Public Open Space in. Landscape Review, 13(2).