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Record number 346249
Title De integrale beplantingsmethode, naar een dynamische benadering voor het ontwerpen van beplantingen
Author(s) Ruyten, F.
Source Wageningen University. Promotor(en): K. Kerkstra; H. Challa, co-promotor(en): Ron van Lammeren. - - 136
Department(s) Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
ATV Farm Technology
Publication type Dissertation, externally prepared
Publication year 2006
Keyword(s) landschapsarchitectuur - landschapsbouw - beplantingen - stadsparken - beplanten - selectiecriteria - planten - ontwerp - landscape architecture - landscaping - plantations - urban parks - planting - selection criteria - plants - design
Categories Landscape Architecture (General)
Abstract Public parks and gardens (planting structures) in urban areas are subject to various forms of human intervention, based on traditional planting methods. These forms of intervention are related to the creation of individual space required for mature growth of ligneous plants by thinning or by limiting growth in cases where plants exceed the space delineated for them. Such intervention is costly, must be executed timely in order to prevent irreversible deformity, and influences undamaged growth.

The objective of this study is to resolve the contradiction between human intervention and undamaged growth by adopting a planting method which is based on a dynamic approach to the design of planting schemes. This dynamic approach has led to the integral planting method as a theoretical model; in this method, the space required for maximum growth in a plant's mature phase is combined with the realisation of architectural functions. The desired effect is defined by the initial size of the trees and shrubs. The growth movement towards the dimensions of the maturity phase is part of a composition in time and space in accordance with a so-called 'planting-film'. Because the growth rate of the plants defines the above-mentioned composition, human intervention can be reduced to a minimum. In addition, the integral planting method contains a set of instruments to define the space for growth to a certain size at a certain point in time in location-specific circumstances. By providing sufficient room for growth and by relating life span to environment dynamics, unexpected changes in future growth development can, to a certain extent, be compensated.

The retrospective in Chapter 2 shows that with the planting method applied in the three cases (Haarzuilens, Amsterdamse Bos, Bijlmermeer Groenstructuur), people are always aiming for quick results and planning for future growth requires much effort, which must be enforced timely and systematically to ensure that the desired effect is not affected irreversibly (Bijlmermeer Park Structure) or operational backlog is not increased further.

It is essential that the terminology used is unambiguous to define and legitimize the objective or intended development of a planting structure during the analysis phase. To achieve this unambiguousness, Chapter 3 provides a description of the morphology and morphodynamics (dimensions, growth rate, life span) of the elements used to describe the defined situation. This description, as defined in the tables 'Classification of free-standing forms', Planting typology I, II, III and IV, has led to unambiguous terms and definitions. This will lead to the motivation for the planting scheme (initial situation: initial dimensions, planting distances, assortment) and the planting film (the defined situation). Next, the 'growth', as the effect of movement, is derived from the growth curve survey for each element. The growth curve survey reproduces the morphodynamic aspects in a simplified linear growth curve. The transformations of planting types are shown tobe brought about on the basis of morphodynamics. The Cd-rom supplied with this thesis shows these dynamics from different angles, in the form of a planting film.

Chapter 4 describes the principles of the adopted, not-adopted, identical and shifted position, with which the morphodynamic aspects of the plant can be applied strategically to also realise transformations of the plant types. The implementation of the growth curve survey shows how larger plant material can be used to start with. The example of a 2-acre park in Boxmeer shows what the principles for freestanding plant shapes bring about in real situations. The operating method and manual clarify how a starting situation (the planting scheme) and its related management regime (execution and maintenance plan) can be derived from the defined situation to which it should lead.

In chapter 5 a comparison is made to ascertain how the integral planting method behaves in relation to the traditional method. When designing parks and gardens, the definition of assortment, planting interval, initial size and construction and maintenance method covers many variables such as architecture, micro climate, soil, opinions on contruction and maintenance method, quality of base materials, organisation of implementation and so on.These aspects are covered in anumber of cases (Polderpark Almere, Bakenhof Arnhem, Prins Bernhardbos Hoofddorp).

The method applied in the comparison covers four steps. Step one describes the defined situation and the set-up according to the original planting method. Step two covers the growth curve survey which defines the location-specific morphodynamic characteristics of the plants involved for their actual as well as projected or future growth. Step three contains a fully worked-out planting and maintenance plan based on the alternative planting method and starting from the same defined situation as in step one.

In step four the architectural and cost aspects of both planting methods are compared. The architectural aspects show the morphodynamics of the plant structure in the long term with the aid of views and diagrams drawn to scale, elucidated with data from the location-specific growth curve survey and field observations of the actual situation. The cost aspects are based on construction and maintenance for the first 30 years, expressed in cumulative, indexed and hard cash amounts, shown graphically for each planting method in the different cases.

The results of the comparison show that a screen or block based on the traditional planting method will reach full functionality at eye level after 4 - 7 years. With the integral planting method, the results of a screen or block will be visible at eye level from the start, and full functionality will be reached after 8 - 13 years. With the traditional method, it appears to be almost impossible to realise free-standing forms, in practice as well as in simulation during the growth curve survey. Empirical research of the Prince Bernhard forest, which was developed according to the integral planting method, shows that the head start of the larger initial sizes of the free-standing forms in this method provides the visitor with an increased sense of security because of the openness of the plant structure and the fact that this method leads to a completed planting structure in a shorter period of time.

In addition, the comparison shows that the construction costs using the integral planting method are about double the costs using the traditional planting method. However, the maintenance costs for free-standing forms when the integral planting method has been applied are so low, that cost recovery will occur within a foreseeable period, as compared with the traditional planting method (urban variant).

The integral planting method can be applied to small- and large-scale urban and small-scale rural park projects. For large-scale rural projects application of the integral planting method requires further investigation of the relation between architectural functions of planting structures and forest ecology and forest management.

Tree nurseries will need to put more effort into the methods for breeding and planting larger plant material. Some growers already guarantee that their plants will start growing immediately after planting and they offer care and maintenance of these larger inital sizes of trees and shrubs for a maintenance period of 10 years and longer.
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