Sustainable Landscape Arch.
Sustainable Landscape Arch. is a small landscape consultancy, which focuses on landscape planning and landscape and visual impact assessment as well as a variety of inter-related subject areas, which have become part of the expertise of Benz Kotzen. The areas of consultancy offered to clients is varied, with a high quality output. The philosophy of the practice is that sustainability is given due recognition in the planning and design process and that sustainability will be explored and considered in all project work.
Rollover Images: Detail of proposals for Hiriya International Detail Design Competition, Tel Aviv - 3rd Prize + Satellite photo of western Uganda illustrating context for proposed game lodge development
Benz Kotzen the proprietor Sustainable Landscape Arch. has over twenty years experience in landscape design and planning and over fifteen years experience in the field of landscape, townscape and visual impact assessment. Sustainability is the focus for the practice.
Negev Desert Botanical Garden conceptual masterplan
As the field of landscape and visual impact assessment progresses, Benz Kotzen has successfully developed robust and forward looking solutions for some of the largest multi-use schemes in the U.K.
Stratford City Silvertown Quays Ecocomposting, Bournemouth
Townscape and visual impact assessment: Stratford City and Silvertown Quays (for Arup)
Benz Kotzen Sustainable Landscape Arch. has specific expertise in the planning and design of roads and particularly environmental noise barriers and noise amelioration especially along linear transport corridors. With Colin English of the English Cogger Partnership (http://www.tecp.co.uk), Benz Kotzen has co-authored the authoritative publication on the design of noise mitigation solutions. [Benz Kotzen and Colin English, 'Environmental Noise Barriers - A Guide To Their Acoustic And Visual Design', E & FN Spon (now Taylor and Francis) 1999]. Benz Kotzen Sustainable Landscape Arch. has also been part of a comprehensive acoustic/landscape masterplan with Rosen Goldberg Der and Lewitz Acoustical and Audiovisual Consultants (http://www.rgdlacoustics.com), for the reduction of noise for the City of Golden, Colorado, USA
Landscape and acoustic masterplanning - City of Golden, Colorado USA
Landscape proposals - City of Golden, Colorado USA
Over the years, Benz Kotzen Sustainable Landscape Arch. has developed innovative environmental and landscape solutions for arid regions, where water is particularly scarce and where sustainable solutions are required. Planning and design relate directly to the development of alternative landscape paradigms which require the appropriate use of plants, water harvesting and the design and development of micro-landscape conditions.
Soil stabilisation and sutainability studies for the use of native trees and plants in arid areas
Other specialist skills include tree and vegetation surveys in general and specifically according to British Standards and the Evaluation of Amenity Trees and Woodland (monetary value) according to the Arboricultural Association's methodogy.
The principles of sustainability which centres on minimising 'inputs' as well as 'outputs' is a key principle of all the work that is undertaken. In the majority of cases it is proven that the appropriate use of sustainibilty practices actually reduces costs.
The age old concept of Commodity, Firmess and Delight, (utilitas, firmitas and venustas) advocated by the 1st century AD Roman architect Marcus Vitruvious Pollio which means that all projects should have function, robustness and aesthetic value is a core working principle. This concept which has evolved into Ecology, Community and Delight by Ian Thompson is the key to all work done by the practice. In order to be sustainable, forward looking and relevant to the needs of the environment all projects need to have a sound ecological backbone. In order for projects to be acceptable and relevant to society, they need to give due consideration to communities. And last but not least all projects need to have aesthetic value: visual, educational, ecological, historical etc.
• Eco-composting Biomass Combustion Plant - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, 2006 -2007
• Haggerston and Kingsland Housing - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, for PRP Architects, 2005 -2007
• Craylands and Fryerns - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, for PRP Architects, 2006
•North Londoin Jewish Day School Playgrounds, for MP+B, 2005 - 2006
• M1 Junction 21-30, Widening, Stage 2 Assessment, Highways Agency, for Arup, 2004 - 2005
• Lewisham Gateway Environmental Statement - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Amec, for Arup 2005
• The Lost Churches of Dunwich Feasability Study - Landscape and Visual Feasibilty, EEDA, for Arup, 2004 -2005
• Westbourne Grove Bus Garage, Environmental Statement - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, for WSP, 2004
• Westminster Academy, Environmental Statement - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, for WSP, 2004
• Stansted G2 Surface Access - M11 and Rail Options - Landscape Report, for Arup, 2004
• Silvertown Quays Environmental Statement - Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, KDU, for Arup 2002 - 2003
• Golden Noise Mitigation, City of Golden, Colorado USA, 2001 - 2003
• Stratford City Environmental Statement - Landscape/Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment - Chelsfield plc, Stanhope plc and London and Continental Railways Ltd for Arup, 2002 - 2003
• SHELCO Project St Helena - Landscape Assessment and Design - for Arup, 2002
• Pembury Hospital Environmental Statement- Landscape Design and Landscape and Visual Assessment - Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, for Arup, 2002 - ongoing
• Maidstone Hospital Breast Care Centre and Diagnostic and Treatment Centre - Tree Evaluation, Outline and Detail Soft Landscape Design - Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, for Arup 2002
• Millenium Dome Risk Assessment - Landscape risk assessment, Lend Lease, for Arup, 2002
• DMRB Volume 11 Environmental Assessment Modernisation, 2001
• Elstow Garden Villages - Landscape and Visual Asessment, for Arup, 2001
• London's South Bank Centre Masterplan Assessment - Greater London Authority, for Arup, 2001
• National Athletics Stadium Enfield, Environmental Assessment, for Arup, 2001
• Housing Development - Revivim, Israel - Architects Dept. Kibbutz Revivim
Publications and Conference Papers:
• Benz Kotzen, 'Hiriya Detail Design Competition', Symposium talk for the competition prize winners, Tel Aviv, March 2005.
• Benz Kotzen, 'Plant Use in Desert Climates - Looking Forward to Sustainable Planting in the Negev and Other World Deserts'. Paper delivered to International Conference on Urban Horticulture in Wädenswil, Switzerland. September 2002. (Published Acta Horticulturae Number 643, January 2004, pages 39-50.)
• Benz Kotzen, 'Plants and Environmental Noise Barriers'. Paper delivered to International Conference on Urban Horticulture in Wädenswil, Switzerland. September 2002. ((Published Acta Horticulturae Number 643, January 2004, pages 265-276.)
• Benz Kotzen, 'An investigation of shade under six different tree species of the Negev desert towards their potential use for enhancing micro-climatic conditions in landscape architectural development,' Journal of Arid Environments, 55 (2003) 231-274.
• Benz Kotzen, 'Changing Attitudes towards Urban Design and the Creation of Urban Shade in the Negev Desert'. Urban Design Studies, Volume 8, 2002, School of Architecture and Landscape, University of Greenwich.
• Benz Kotzen, 'Looks Good Sounds Good - The Visual Aesthetics of Environmental Noise Barriers', Paper published and delivered to 'A Barrier To Noise' conference at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, 23 January 2001.
• Benz Kotzen, 'Environmental Noise Barriers', Future Build, Magazine of the Dept. of Construction, Economics & Management, University of the Witwatersrand, page 35.
• Tom Turner and Benz Kotzen, 'Territorial Design: Urban Design at the University of Greenwich (1998-2000)', Urban Design Studies, Volume 5-6, 1999-2000, School of Architecture and Landscape, University of Greenwich, pages 85-92.
• Benz Kotzen and Colin English, April 1999, 'Environmental Noise Barriers - A guide to their acoustic and visual design', E and FN Spon, London. ISBN 0-419-23180-3.
• Benz Kotzen, 'Taming the Untameable', Israelal Magazine, September-October 1996.
• Benz Kotzen, 'In the Eye of the Beholder', Israelal Magazine, January-February 1997.
• Benz Kotzen, 'Toward Sustainable Planting in the Negev', 'The Garden’- Royal Horticultural Society Magazine, April 1999, page 228.
Dr. Benz Kotzen
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