Each of these options creates different spaces and function in different ways. Which would you choose?
Where have you placed your tree? Why?
To really see the power of this exercise, ask someone else to imagine the same space you chose. Then, without giving away your answer, ask them where they would place just one tree, and why.
I love the one tree exercise because on the surface it seems so simple. But it’s valuable for three reasons.
Firstly, it shows that every complex design problem can be broken down into smaller parts.
Secondly, it shows that there are lots of possible solutions to even the simplest design challenge.
Following on, thirdly, it shows that every decision we make is a design decision, and the choices we make about all decisions have a direct impact on the spaces and functions of our landscapes. We do well to proceed thoughtfully.
So tell me…where did you plant your tree, and why?
ps: Let me know if you liked the coloured pencil versions of the sketches this week. (I do) Leave a comment below, or drop me a line. Thanks!