Young de­signer in ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ chal­lenge

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS / SME BUSINESS TIPS -

A STU­DENT land­scape ar­chi­tect has been given the job of cre­at­ing a new de­sign for a pres­ti­gious show­ground.

Jonathan Emery, 20, from Macclesfield and a stu­dent at Sh­effield Univer­sity, has been cho­sen to come up with a new plan for the Great York­shire Show­ground.

He has been tasked with pro­duc­ing a de­sign which would be wor­thy of Lancelot ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ Brown, the de­signer who is cred­ited with cre­at­ing the style which has shaped peo­ple’s pic­ture of the quin­tes­sen­tial English coun­try­side.

Jonathan’s de­sign is part of a na­tion­wide fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the 300th an­niver­sary of Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown, whose work in­cludes the gar­dens at Blen­heim Palace and Hare­wood House.

Jonathan, who is a third year land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent, said: “I have tried to view the show­ground as Brown would have seen it and ap­plied his prin­ci­ples to show peo­ple what he might have done with the site if he had been com­mis­sioned to do the job.

“Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown is the fore­fa­ther of land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture in this coun­try and his holis­tic view of the land­scape, us­ing the ex­ist­ing coun­try­side to de­fine sweep­ing, nat­u­ral­is­tic de­signs, still very much ap­plies to­day.”

●● Land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dent Jonathan Emery

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