23 Sep '11, 8pm

What do solar panels have to do with gardens and lawns? Find out via @dotearth #SD2011 #landarch

The Solar Decathlon , an Energy Department competition in which college teams design and build energy-thrifty solar-powered structures, kicked off today on the National Mall. (The video above is the entry from the University of Maryland; background below.) Some of the most interesting coverage so far is from The Dirt, the blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects . That might seem odd in some ways. What do solar panels have to do with gardens and lawns? But the importance of considering landscapes when designing homes or businesses that function for the long haul has been appreciated for decades, particularly among disciples of Ian McHarg , a landscape architect and the author of the seminal book “Design With Nature. ” My appreciation of his approach to planning and design grew when I was assigned his obituary in 2001 . I had already been attuned to this philoso...

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Designing Sustainable Structures From the Land Up

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Despite the rain, the Solar Decathlon is on! #SD2011 #green #solar Check back for team profiles through the next wk

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eco-structure.com 23 Sep '11, 3pm

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