Welcome to this latest issue of Concrete Quarterly, which has taken the urban landscape as its overall theme.
The impact of urban landscape on the individual and the community cannot be overestimated. Indeed, the impact is of such significance that it should be treated as a fundamental and strategic issue for planning, design and construction. Only then will a positive improvement of the quality of people's lives be ensured.
Concrete can contribute hugely to the urban landscape, not only in terms of the buildings and structures that are built, but in the landscape that surrounds them. New innovations, such as the use of recycled glass as an aggregate, the infusion of colour pigments in the concrete and integral lighting elements set within it, offer exciting possibilities for urban spaces.
Meanwhile, the potential of other finishes, such as polished aggregates, imprinted and bespoke moulded and sculptural elements, offer a wide and varied palette to landscape architects and designers. The projects discussed in this issue prove that, when used well, concrete can play a major role in the quality built environment and urban space.
Landscape architecture has much to offer in the translation of aesthetic, social, economic and political aspirations into actual spatial forms. It gives buildings a context and relationship with the space in which they find themselves. I hope that this issue of Concrete Quarterly will help to raise the profile of landscape architecture and the role that it plays in our everyday lives.