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LPS #3: Why is Landscape Performance Important?

August 20, 2010

Leaders offer insight on the importance of landscape performance in today’s design environment. Featuring: AECOM, AHBE, Foster Conant & Associates, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, JJR, LAF, Landscape Forms, Mesa Design Group, Mithun, Sasaki, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Wolff Landscape Architecture.

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With so attention placed on the energy efficiency of structures, site design really completes the envelope to building a sustainable project. In particular in southern California water quality and water quantity are the primary issues that we’re facing today in building that sustainable project.
 - Calvin Abe, FASLA, AHBE Landscape Architects

I think it’s going to be natural that people start understanding landscape’s role in performance because as we get more familiar with climate change issues and carbon cap and trade systems, we’re going to understand that the landscape is the context that these things are happening in.
 - Deb Guenther, ASLA, LEED AP, Mithun

And I think the proof of the success of our projects in the past has been lacking. We haven’t had a standardize way of proving that success and in conversations with our fellow disciplines in engineering, architecture, and planning.
 - Robert E. Snieckus, ASLA, RLA, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

I think the great projects of the past probably will not come along very much in the future and that we’ll be looking at recycling land, brownfields, recycling degradated land. And I think the next generation is going to be solving more kind of nuts and bolts projects in landscape, in terms of now the ultimate requirement of a performing landscape where you have data that you could substantiate for doing certain things, in terms of either controlling stormwater or urban heat island.
 - Peter Schaudt, FASLA, FAAR, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

I actually think it’s important for marketing. I think it’s important to understand so that we can make every attempt to improve. I think we as professionals want to look at our work and evaluate where we made progress on things that matter: around design, around sustainability, around the economics and the social piece of it.
 - Mark Dawson, ASLA, Sasaki Associates

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