Vegetation Typology in Nature and Design

Semester 5 | Allied Design

Ar. Juhi Prasad
Ar. Devyani Deshmukh

Studio Conductors

Vegetation is an assemblage of plant species.. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global.

Vegetation influences and improves the climate and the hydrological and soil conditions, provides a natural habitat for many species of animals and their associations, conserves the natural beauty and is a source of health and recreation for the people. Vegetation is one the greatest asset in spatial design. Vegetation in open spaces become an important element of design, they have experiential quality, compositional quality and have ecological role to play in the overall architectural design. Various types of vegetation typologies exist based on region, climate, assemblage, form, habit, context etc.

The primary objective was three fold
1) to explore basic horticultural systems in terms of characteristics of various elements of the typology, to understand the assemblage of plants of varied types
2) practice representation at multiple scales
3) and understanding their respective spatial impact and organization
This exercise was continued into module 2 design exercise where the application of the vegetation typologies was done by students in their own spatial design projects.