Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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In the words of the American Planning Association, their members provide "a vision for the community today — and what we want our community to be in the future." The job includes conceiving the forthcoming growth and changes of an area and how the various communal components: structures, transportation corridors, open areas and the rest, best fit that conception to ultimately "create communities of lasting value." As land planners currently forecast the future, what forward-looking concepts are being incorporated? Striving for Sustainability As evidence of the growth of sustainable development, which the U.N. World Commission defined as meeting "the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," the U.S. Green Building Council is bestowing LEED certification on more than 2 million square feet of new space every day, adding up to more than 92,000 certified projects so far. And the USGBC is certainly not the only one doing this – for instance BREEAM, or Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, has conferred its seal of approval on more than 562,000 projects around the world. This program has certification standards for a number of categories including community master planning. Dodge Data and Analytics' recent survey on worldwide trends for green buildings found that 47% of participants, an increase of 20 points, expect that by 2021, more than 60% of their projects will be "green." The study concludes that the demand is poised to even double in some regions. As the number of green Left: Establishing land-use plans through regulatory means is designed to produce the most effective utilization of a given amount of territory and its resources. Considerations include the types of socioeconomic activities that will take place, environmental impacts, the prevention of land-use conflicts and future growth potential. As defined by the American Planning Association, the objective "is to further the welfare of people and their communities by creating convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive environments for present and future generations." PHOTO CREDIT: WPL LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (SEE PAGE 36) January 2019 55 Today and Tomorrow by Mike Dahl, LASN

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