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A new expanded version of ASLA’s “Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes” online exhibition highlights real-life examples of sustainable landscape design and its positive effects on the environment and quality of life. These spaces use natural systems to clean the air and water, restore habitats, create healthy communities, and ultimately provide significant economic, social, and environmental value.

Ten new case studies that range from multi-acre parks to a foundation headquarters and urban rooftop farm illustrate just what sustainable landscapes are and how they provide important benefits on a variety of scales. In the process, the case studies, written in clear, understandable language, also introduce users to what exactly landscape architects do. Some of the new case studies include Bryant Park in New York City, a model of socially-sustainable park design; Park 20/20, an example of William McDonough’s “Cradle to Cradle” concept taken to a larger scale; the Kresge Foundation Headquarters, a best practice green building and site; and Rooftop Haven for Urban Agriculture, an innovative green roof farm in inner-city Chicago.

The Web site also features new animations created by Daniel Tal, ASLA, using Google Sketchup:

“From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park” explains how to turn a toxic industrial wasteland into a vibrant local park. See how damaged landscapes are restored through bioremediation and redesign.
“Leveraging the Landscape to Manage Water” explains how green infrastructure systems effectively manage stormwater. See how green roofs, bioretention systems, and permeable pavements actually work.
Both animations also include companion guides — sustainability education resources that enable users to explore sustainable design concepts in greater depth. Check out educational resources on brownfield restoration / ecosystem rehabilitation and green infrastructure.

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