How do you know when it's working?

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"It's not about being heroic," says Boffa Miskell's Rachel de Lambert when Landscape Architecture Aotearoa posed the question - how do you know when landscape architecture is working?  She went on to say she was always taught that the most successful design is essentially when the landscape architect's effort is unseen.

Her thoughts were echoed by other leading New Zealand landscape architects when we spoke to them around the country.  

 Successful landscape architecture isn't about the grand gesture. Photo credit - Auckland Council

Successful landscape architecture isn't about the grand gesture. Photo credit - Auckland Council

For Grant Bailey of Isthmus - "Success is in how people are using it,  if it's giving more than it is taking from the environment - then that's a good outcome."

 Most agreed the success of any project comes down to how people are using it. For architect John Hardwick-Smith "it's working well when people are using it and loving it."

 The award winning Harewood Pass project in Canterbury.

The award winning Harewood Pass project in Canterbury.

In our video below, seven leading design professionals explain how they know when landscape architecture is successful.