Im a bit tired of LID and LEED. I know, please don’t hurt me for saying that. Some would say they are the future of our profession. I don’t really disagree, but i don’t think that they need to take the main stage. Leed and LID concepts are part of what our profession is founded on, an environmental ethic, they are a foundation on which to build artistic and expressive creations, but they are not an end in them selves. A recent winnder of the analysis and planning award of honor for the 2008 ASLA professional awards called Porchscapes seeks to do just that. From ASLA:
“Based on the Dutch woonerf, shared streets are designed as parks, combining pedestrian gathering spaces, parking, landscape systems, and stormwater facilities with traffic throughways.””Streets and attending green spaces are recombined as a treatment network to create “productive park” space for the project.”
Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
client: Habitat for Humanity of Washington County
Landscape Architect of Record:
Chris Suneson, RLA, LEED AP, McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc.
images via ASLA
The end goal is to create art from the basic ideas of what makes Landscape Architecture important.