Public and residential landscapes in the US are typically driven by aesthetics, often consuming excessive amounts fossil fuels, water and natural resources. We believe there is a different way. We create urbanism and landscapes that are sustainable, organic, and contribute to natural ecologies. Offshoots is a hybrid practice offering both landscape architecture, planning and productive landscape installation services. The name of the practice was formerly Kennen Landscape Architecture which Kate Kennen founded in 2004 and transformed to Offshoots in 2012.
Instead of using aesthetics and art as a starting point for landscape/or urban design, we instead consider what the landscape can DO, ie: what functions can landscape design best provide in any given context. This is used as the generative force for conceptual design and planning.
We ask ourselves many questions, which vary from site-to site and are generated by the context of a place, to start to consider productive landscape strategies. Some examples:
Can an edible food source for humans be created? For birds? For other wildlife? Can the local economy be supported? Can we reach net Zero CO2 emissions? Can only plants grown locally be used? Could the landscape be low maintenance (use less water, less fertilizer and less fuel)? Could it recharge the local aquifer and cleanse or save water? Could it plant the seed for another offshoot business to grow?
We strive to create landscapes with the following benefits:
For our horticultural installation projects, we partner with Pleasant View Nurseries in Paxton, MA to provide as much locally grown, sustainably produced nursery stock as possible. Kate Kennen, owner of Offshoots, Inc, grew up at this nursery, owned and operated for over 40 years by her dad, Hank Kennen.
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