Mark Laurence is an international consultant-designer for future-orientated, sustainable, green infrastructure, adaptive landscapes and garden design.

Intelligent thinking and design for people and planet.

Landscape Design

Design of landscapes and gardens for natural beauty, using clear design process, simple materials and resilient, naturalistic planting.

Vertical Greening

Greening of vertical space in urban environments to maximise beauty, biophilia and biodiversity. Plants help detoxify the air.

Sustainability

All landscapes need to be sustainable and climate-adapted to cope with commercial, ecological and urban realities.

Climate Adaption

a landscape response

A new landscape design approach

With the growing awareness of the planetary climate crisis, our landscapes must take on a much more proactive role in adaption, mitigation and regeneration. What we design now will be crucial in stabilising our environment and making places we can still live and thrive in.

Adaptive planting design on dry soils for resilience and beauty

Adaptive planting design on dry soils for resilience and beauty, UK

Compost for soil building and carbon sequestration

Compost for soil building and carbon sequestration, as a part of active landscape management

Green Infrastructure

ecosystem services

Green benefits of using natural systems

We all know that we appreciate seeing plants and trees in a city but space is scarce and it's not possible to move buildings or plant trees everywhere. Green infrastructure can take many forms such as green roofs, living walls and elevated gardens. Not only do these things mitigate heat or excess rain, they provide beauty, biophilia and biodiversity.

Greeen infrastructure for particulate capture, National Theatre Station, Oslo

Greeen infrastructure for particulate capture, National Theatre Station, Oslo, Norway

A stream with vertical-flow natural biofilters to remove excess nutrient

A stream with vertical-flow natural biofilters to remove excess nutrient

Vertical Landscapes

living walls and facades

Taking our urban greening vertically

Cities are crowded, land is expensive, often there's no space for trees or planting beds. Living or green walls have the ability to provide massive amounts of green leaf with virtually no footprint. Such leaf area provides ecosystem services, biodiversity and beauty. Few things can rival the impact and effect of a well designed living wall, indoors or out.

Indoor living wall to shopping mall in Hamar, Norway

One of several indoor living walls to shopping mall in Hamar, Norway

Living wall design for Fenchurch Street, London

Design of 760m² living wall to Fenchurch Street, London

Indoor living wall to shopping mall in Hamar, Norway

Outdoor living wall to villa on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Living wall design for Fenchurch Street, London

Design of four-storey living wall to Trondheim University, Norway

Tree Consultancy

Middle-East

Investing care in trees

Trees give us so much, we plant many new trees in our efforts to make better urban landscapes or to reforest, to capture carbon. What we don't do is give trees the programs of care and attention that they need when placed in the built environment. As many cities in the Middle-East grow rapidly, the planting of trees must be followed by the correct care. In an era of increasing temperatures, we need trees to keep us cool, give us beauty and biodiversity.

Crown reduction to an important tree, Abu Dhabi

Crown reduction to an important tree on an historic site, Abu Dhabi

Training on the pruning of trees as part of a maintenance program

Training on the pruning of trees as part of a maintenance program, UAE

About Mark Laurence

A brief resume

An experienced and forward-thinking green innovator

Mark Laurence has many years of experience as a landscape designer, living walls innovator, consulting arborist, sustainable landscape/ecosystem services designer, futurist/thinker/speaker.

Based in the UK, Mark works internationally in Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and especially in the Middle-East. He is a committee member of the Society of Garden Designers, with a speciality in Sustainability, a Chartered Horticulturalist and Professional Member of the International Society of Arboriculture. Since 2007, Mark has developed and pioneered the use of modular hydroponic living wall systems and worked with them in diverse places such as Chicago, Norway and Dubai. Some of the UK's most iconic green walls were designed by Mark. He is a systems innovator with a number of patents to his name, specifically in the realm of vertical greening.

The current focus is on the challenges of an escalating climate crisis, through the design of high-functioning urban landscapes that capture carbon, remove pollutants and mitigate local environmental stress. This work is increasingly being expressed in the Middle-East region.

Indoor living wall to shopping mall in Hamar, Norway

Mark surveying trees in Abu Dhabi

Contact

let's discuss your project

Address details:

Mark Laurence Design Ltd
1 Manor Cottage,
Merston, Chichester, W. Sussex, PO20 1EE, UK
Mobile: +44 (0)7949 099195

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