Climate change is directly related to the building of urban areas and cities. As the city scapes apply materials that are not environmentally friendly, it reverses the compatibility of the city. An effect that many urban areas experience is the heat island effect. This is related directly to the development of the streets and buildings. Using different landscape supply materials alters the outcome of the heat that is held within city limits.
The heat island effect takes place because of the materials used with the cities. Chemicals used to create pathways and incompatible building materials absorbs heat from the sun. As it absorbs and holds the heat, it creates a climatic effect in the region, developing a heat island effect. The landscape supply and materials are unable to respond to the heat. Instead, it reflects on other buildings and absorbs in the pathways and unnatural materials. Unusual levels of heat are developed specifically from this phenomena.
As cities begin to build sustainability in urban areas, is also the need to have landscape supply that is compatible with nature. Porous materials are able to respond to heat differently. Instead of reacting, absorbing or reflecting the materials, it works with nature to balance the heat. Using organic materials and items that respond with a porous approach also reduces the heat island effect that is within the city.
Landscape architects not only need to look at the basic approaches for their materials and development. Calculating the heat island effect with their landscape supply will alter the quality results that take place. More important, it will assist with balancing nature and urban areas to reduce the problematic environmental issues that are now at hand.
Changing the urban development through different approaches will alter the outcome of the climate and nature. Using a landscape supply that balances with the environment will also reduce the impact of the heat island effect. With natural materials, lower amounts of maintenance and less heat absorption will take place in city scapes.