THOUGHT LEADERS JOURNAL
At WGI our Thought Leaders are the driving force that keeps our industry up to date as they share their experience while discussing the issues of today and the future outlook of our rapidly changing industry.
Landscape architects and planners need to work with utility and civil engineers to take a holistic approach to the overall infrastructure design and ensure that urban trees are equally considered as a vital infrastructure element.read more
When WGI joined the design team to develop a tropical wetland garden for Mounts Botanical Garden, walking on water was the answer! Incorporating art into the landscape traditionally entails siting a sculpture or piece of art where it is easily viewed within an open space. Even within lush gardens, the vegetation tends to be minimalized around centrally located art pieces.read more
Every day, more studies emerge showing the importance of the urban forest, yet many may not understand the benefits or even recognize what and where the urban forest is. The urban forest is comprised of a collection of green spaces connected throughout a city forming a green infrastructure. The trees and shrubs lining streets and buildings, gardens, and the parks in urban and suburban developments all form a city’s urban forest.read more
The scarcity of Florida’s buildable land has developers turning to parcels they previously passed over because they contained thick layers of muck. Muck (wet, sticky soil made from decaying plant material) presents several challenges for developers, including, (1) it normally indicates a wetland is present that needs permitting and mitigation, (2) it is geotechnically unsuitableread more
When addressing sea-level rise, holding back that rising water is just one piece of a complex puzzle. What many cities, counties, and government officials do not realize is that the more complicated, and more time-consuming, piece to physically holding back the rising sea is property right issues.read more
Pine Flatwoods were first identified as pine barrens by William Bartram in 1791 during his travels in Florida. The term flatwoods was used by the English settlers in the early days to describe the characteristic flat ground with no topographic relief in south Florida.read more