Recognizing water as a precious and increasingly diminishing resource, Sentient Landscape looks for opportunities to re-establish healthy water cycles and re-charge groundwater. We develop living water systems that emulate the filtering and absorbing qualities of natural water flows. Water will satisfy many functions before leaving your site clean and invigorated.
Sentient Landscape projects engender the biological diversity and soil building characteristics of forests, increasing in fertility and vitality as they mature.
Evolving irrigation technologies are proving to be highly effective at reducing landscape water use. Sentient Landscape incorporates the most appropriate and affordable irrigation strategies to minimize landscape water requirements.
Combining a deep horticultural knowledge and understanding of indigenous plant communities, Sentient Landscape creates site appropriate, whole system planting designs that meet aesthetic objectives while providing valuable resources including food, medicine, shade, fragrance, wildlife habitat, and inspirational beauty.
Sentient landscape looks for opportunities to creatively incorporate on-site, local, and low embodied energy building materials. In an effort to minimize carbon footprint, reduce waste and synthetic chemical use, and increase energy efficiency, we have developed a suite of innovative construction details, language, and specifications to effectively meet this challenge.
Water features and stonework enrich landscape environments while offering an excellent opportunity to serve multiple ecological functions. Demonstrating this understanding, Sentient Landscape hardscapes harvest water, control erosion, create wild life habitat, and provide passive heating and cooling.
“Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human enviroments. The word itself is a contraction not only of permanent agriculture but also of permanent culture, as cultures cannot survive long without a sustainable agricutltural base and land use ethic. On one level, permaculture deals with plants,animals,buildings,and infrastructures (water, energy, communications). However, permaculture is not about these elements themselves, but rather about the relationships we can create between them by the way we place them in the landscape. The aim is to create systems that are ecologically-sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term. Permaculture uses the inherent qualitites of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life-supporting system for city and country, using the smallest pratical area. Permaculture is based on the observation of natural systems, the wisdom contained in traditional farming systems, and modern scientific and technological knowledge. Although based on good ecological models, permaculture creates a cultivated ecology, which is designed to produce more human and animal food than is generally found in nature.” Bill Mollison