Sustainable Site Design & Planning

(SPIRE title: ST-SustnbleSiteDesign&Planning)
Spring 2016

This course is an exploration into the fundamentals of sustainable landscape design with particular attention to integrating both existing and new buildings into the landscape with a view to reducing maintenance needs. Students investigate sustainable design strategies that address the ecological, water, energy and food system links between buildings and their supporting sites, as exemplified by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system and Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). Topics include: design principles and process, natural factors (e.g. topography, soils, vegetation), green roofs, green walls/vertical gardens, rainwater collection systems, native planting, edible landscapes and permaculture, sustainable forestry practices, post-industrial landscapes, and the human use of outdoor spaces. Emphasis will be placed on cost saving techniques for creating self-sustaining, low maintenance sites. Many real world examples will be discussed.

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