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about z-design

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Z-design is a landscape architecture firm in
Three Oaks, in Southwest Michigan.

Z-design especially aims to design landscapes of Holistic Design. Holistic Design can be implemented at schools, nature and education centers, camps, community centers, residential and homestead sites, and elsewhere. Holistic Design aims to get people to enjoy the landscape and to engage in the landscape and community in multiple ways. Holistic Design of the land provides a variety of opportunties for people to relate to nature: to relate people's community, culture, education, ecology, economy, morals, health, science, art, food, etc. to the outdoors, land, nature, local native wildlife, water, soil, environment, natural resources, and other local native features. Click on Holistic Design to learn more about Holistic Design.

Z-design aims to design each landscape to have multiple good qualities: beneficial, useful, beautiful, enticing, and engaging to the people who use it. 
Each landscape design to be beneficial in that it helps to enrich and sustain communities, people, and nature.  Each landscape design to be beautiful and enticing in that it encourages people to connect with nature and local habitats.  Each landscape design to be useful in that it helps people live a more ecologically-sensitive, locally self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle. Each landscape design to be engaging in that it is designed for people to use, care for, and help replenish the natural resources that are on-site. Furthermore, the landscape designs are not only to support local natural resources, native wildlife, and habitats, but also to enrich people's health, economy, wisdom, skills, freedom, inspiration, creativity, and values and to help people get in deeper touch with joy, beauty, family, friends, children, and the local outdoors. Each project's design is to be unique to harmonize with the client's goals and the local environment's distinctive qualities.

Project types: z-design is interested in doing design work for various project types including
holistic nature and culture education,
holistic community education,
holistic science and art education,
holistic camp for summer or year-round,
residential sites,
nature centers,
institutional sites,
and other undertakings which involve nature, culture, socialization, science, art, play, and education, and the sustainment and enrichment of communities, people, and nature.

Balance, Sustainability, Practicality
The landscape designs intend to include a balance of sustainability and practicality.
Z-design aims to guide clients on their grand adventure to live a wonderful life, a life that is more ecologically-sensitive, locally self-reliant, sustainable, land-based.  Clients can choose from many suggested landscape design options which vary in degrees of sustainability.  Z-design will design sustainable landscapes to the comfort and delight of clients.  The firm aims to design landscapes that are beautiful to the client and practical to the client’s modern routines.  Additionally, z-design aspires to help clients expand their understanding of society, nature, and sustainability and to help clients learn how they can be more sustainable and more in touch with nature.  Indeed, sustainable, natural, and land-based experiences enhance people’s lives.   In many ways, z-design’s sustainable designs intend to enrich and sustain clients, society, and nature. 

Z-design provides a wide range of services from landscape architecture, to nature and culture education, to sustainable lifestyle planning. Landscape architecture services include schematic designs, master plans, construction documents, and construction administration.  For more information on services, ask z-design at z-design@z-hub.org. The firm operates as either a lead designer or a consultant on a team.  Furthermore, the firm works with homeowners, private agencies, public agencies, architects, and developers.

About the Prinicpal: Zoe Elrick is a Michigan-licensed landscape architect is the principal and founder of z-design, in Michigan. Also, she started the Pocket Pumpkin Press and the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program. She also works part time for Pizzo Group, an ecological restoration firm of prairies, wetlands, and woodlands. Zoe has been living in Michigan, for over 10 years. Before she moved to Michigan, she was a landscape architect at CBA Landscape Architects, in Massachusetts, for 5 years.  At CBA, she was the project manager for several schoolyards and park playgrounds in Boston. Additionally at CBA, she worked on all phases of residential, institutional, and commercial projects.  Prior to her employment with CBA, she worked at a plant nursery in Pennsylvania, a landscape architecture firm in California, and a park district in Illinois.  Zoe has taken nature classes from the Tracker School, in New Jersey. Her landscape architecture degree is from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. 

To get services from z-design and to get more information about z-design, contact z-design at z-design@z-hub.org

Z-design’s mission includes helping to improve people’s health by designing landscapes in which people can exercise, play, relax, gain inspiration and wisdom, develop skills and creativity, and experience excitement, serenity, and beauty.

Z-design’s mission includes helping to improve the economy by designing landscapes in which people use, care for, and help replenish the natural resources that are on-site.

Z-design’s mission includes helping to improve the people’s education by designing landscapes that help people connect to the local outdoors and gain useful wisdom and skills to support local natural resources and habitats.

Science and Art
Z-design’s mission includes uniting science and art, by designing landscapes and opportunties that help people to learn the science of local nature and how to apply that science to make beautiful art.

Z-design’s mission includes helping society expand its understanding of the value of communities, people, nature, and natural resources.


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