Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

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74 Landscape Architect and Specifier News George Schmok, Publisher I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 1 6 s u s t a i n i n g s u s t a i n a b i l i t y continued from page 10 mostly, people lived in suburban areas where food and water were local resources. Now, China has actually put a cap on the population of Shanghai at 25 million . . . Too many people, not enough resources (see previous page 73). . . Is this the beginning of a new direction for urban development and sustainability? New York City has plenty of fresh water, but the entire state only produces about 34% of the food needed to feed its people. Los Angeles is a short distance from more than enough food, but its water comes from further away and its main fresh water source, the Colorado River, runs dry before it finds the sea. Will these cities start putting caps on population growth? What about Portland Ore., south Florida or Phoenix Ariz.? So . . . Is sustainability the science of keeping the climate the same as it is today, or is it planning for inevitable fluctuations? Is it consolidating housing and populations to be able to centralize resource delivery or is it the art of spreading out urbanization to allow local resources to sustain local populations? Maybe it's somewhere in-between . . . For landscape architects and planners, sustainability is more than simply picking plant material that grows native to an area, filtering stormwater, or creating communal open spaces for recreation and solice. The bigger picture is that climate will continue to change. Hot or cold is historically related to time, but resource development and delivery, and population-based pollution are definitely factors in human sustainablity and regeneration. While individual landscape architects may not have the ability to change the world with a single project, the profession has always been at the forefront of the sustainability issue. As density begins to reach its limits and resource delivery increasingly creates conflict, what far reaching solutions will the profession develop to sustain sustainability? Some of the answers can be found in the following pages. Some have yet to be written . . God Bless . . . Above: From San Francisco to Mumbai, homelessness is a growing example of "big city disease."

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