The goal of this site is to provide landscape architecture students and educators with a flexible, living, and robust curriculum on segmental concrete pavements.
The structure of the site links self-guided presentations with interactive animations, and a studio project library that spans concept to construction. Educators are encouraged to use this site as a supplement to their existing curriculum and to encourage their students to add to this living library by uploading their completed projects to the site. Students are encouraged to explore design and structural principles through the library or utilize an organized curriculum path, whatever learning environment is preferred.
The site is composed of presentations, animations, and studio projects, each supplemented with additional resources and materials. The presentations are self-guided and provide students with resources to explore beyond the scope of this site. The animations engage students to explore key ideas and principles related to sustainable design, structural design, and design theory. The studio projects provide a set of exercises that link research, conceptual design, and implementation. The site’s materials are tagged and searchable, and available to view online or download for later viewing. Most importantly, the site is open. Educators and students are encouraged to expand the site through uploading content of all forms.
The site explores the following objectives related to benefits
and practices of segmental concrete pavers:
Segmental concrete pavers offer unique and powerful means to employ and reinforce key concepts of place including space, edges, foci, and thresholds. Segmental pavers can abstract and reveal cultural and environmental patterns, forms, and processes. Given their modular and interchangeable nature, segmental pavers offer an incredibly variable media to landscape architects. They can expand and shrink space, create and strengthen identity, add emotion, meaning, movement and play to highly functional surfaces. See our materials on place-making.
Loading and Utility
Segmental concrete pavers provide flexible, easily installed, and incredibly durable loading capacities to the surfaces that landscape architects frequently design, including streets, parking, sidewalks, plazas and roofs. Concrete pavers are easy to install, and they are also easy to remove and store for repairs to infrastructure. The variety of loading options that they provide, combined with their sustainable, place-making, and wayfinding potentials, make concrete pavers a valuable addition to the material repertoire that landscape architects bring to their deigns. See our materials on loading and utility.
Orientation & Wayfinding
Segmental concrete pavers can provide integral, effective, and highly creative complements to wayfinding needs. Segmental pavers can suggest direction, location, center and boundaries. And, critically, they can also provide visible and tactile safe routes and cues to nearby or oncoming dangers such as transit and elevation drops. Achieved creatively and thoughtfully, the integration of wayfinding needs into pavement systems can contribute to the identity, variety, and materiality of built environments. See our materials on orientation and wayfinding.
Segmental concrete pavers are well-suited for addressing environmental and stormwater concerns. Segmental pavers are typically sourced near project sites, and the industry’s manufacturing processes are becoming more efficient with less impact to the environment. Segmental pavers also provide long-term durability, which reduces the energy and costs associated with continual repairs. And permeable segmental concrete pavement, through its capacity to mimic the porosity of softscapes, detain large volumes of stormwater, and allow stormwater infiltration into the soil below, helps to prevent surface runoff associated with impervious pavements.
University of Georgia, College of Environment and Design
Initiated and Edited by Principal Investigator, Doug Pardue
Graduate Scholar Team (all University of Georgia)
Faculty Development Team
The College of Environment & Design was formed in 2001 as the first new college at UGA since 1969. Within the College exists degree programs in Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Environmental Planning & Design as well as a specialized Certificate Program in Environmental Ethics.
CED’s overarching mission is to research, teach and communicate new and existing knowledge about the built and natural environment to promote innovative planning, preservation, protection, restoration and responsible development of natural and cultural resources. In keeping to this mission, the College will be constantly exploring the development of new study and degree areas. The newest degree program, Environmental Planning and Design, admitted its first students for the fall 2009 semester.
Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
Founded in 1993, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) is the North American trade association representing the segmental concrete pavement industry. ICPI is a world leader in development and dissemination of technical information for design professionals and contractors. Thanks to years of commitment and energy from 1,100 members, ICPI continues a range of technical, marketing, educational, government relations and communications activities. Membership consists of segmental paving manufacturers, design professionals, paver installation contractors and suppliers to the industry. ICPI offers many services such as its library of technical publications, online design idea galleries, technical and marketing publications, installer certification programs and the industry’s only dedicated periodical, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Magazine.
ICPI’s mission is to increase the application of segmental concrete pavement systems in North American commercial, institutional, governmental, industrial and residential markets. Goals supporting this mission include:
North Carolina State University, College of Design
Andy Fox, NC State University
The Department of Landscape Architecture prepares students to practice in a diverse and growing design profession that combines art, science, engineering and technology. The graduate degree program in landscape architecture focuses on fostering a commitment to excellence and on developing the skills necessary to deal creatively and responsibly with the natural and human forces that inevitably shape the land. The Department seeks to educate individuals with strong perspectives in both design and landscape planning, capable of working at a range of scales and with a variety of project types, from reshaping urban environments to conserving natural and cultural resources.