23 Sep '11, 8pm

Designing Sustainable Structures From the Land Up

As the world becomes more and more focused on environmental issues that cross national boundaries, such as climate change, reduced availability of clean water, increased water and air pollution, and the growth of urban heat islands, landscape architects are taking the lead in finding practical, innovative solutions that leverage natural systems. As designers of sustainable landscapes, landscape architects are concerned about the further degradation of nature, but also about people. Unequal access to green space in many communities, particularly those in urban areas, means residents aren’t able to benefit from the restorative effects of nature. In cities, in particular, abandoned brownfields — the legacy of inefficient development practices — act as major economic drains. Decades of rich discussion among landscape architects, ecologists, biologists, architects, and planners...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/23/designing-su...

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