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Sustainability2019-10-02T12:45:00-04:00

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

As landscape architects and LEED accredited professionals, we approach projects with from a holistic point of view.  We study landscapes as systems and understand how each project fits into the existing fabric.

From parks and rooftop gardens to academic campuses, and community spaces, UpStudio Landscapes tailors site-specific solutions that are sensitive to the local context and geography.  Recognizing the complexities of these efforts, we strive to incorporate best practices and collaborate with industry leaders in other fields to draw on niche expertise.

Through the implementation of green infrastructure and complete streets strategies we can begin to revitalize our urban environments and improve the quality of the public realm. These two strategies are part of our “toolkit” of design responses.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

We plan and design landscapes that can help manage stormwater, provide communities more access to green space, and are a creative solution to traditional infrastructure. Green infrastructure uses landscape elements, like soils and vegetation, to manage urban stormwater at its source, diverting it from conventional sewer and stormwater collection systems. By utilizing natural systems to filter, absorb, and infiltrate stormwater, landscapes can have a powerful impact on the quality of our environments.

DESIGN ELEMENTS

COMPLETE STREETS

Complete streets are a critical component of sustainable communities and neighborhoods. These streetscapes provide accessibility for all users, and integrate the needs of multiple modes of transit including, walking, biking, driving or taking public transportation. Complete streets are vibrant spaces of activity, that enhance the community and often incorporate green infrastructure strategies to manage stormwater.

Green streets transform urban streets into functioning stormwater management systems. These streets can incorporate a variety of green infrastructure elements including, bioswales, planter boxes, permeable paving, and tree canopy enhancement to capture street and sidewalk runoff that would traditionally enter the conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems. Green streets, absorb, filter and transpire stormwater, creating an improved environment for pedestrian and cyclists while still maintaining their function as a roadway.

DESIGN APPROACHES INCLUDE

Site improvements – landscape planting, lighting, signage, wayfinding, entry features/gateways, hardscape/decorative paving, art

Multi-modal planning & user accommodation – transit shelters, bike racks, cycle paths, traffic signalization/pedestrian crossings, strategic on street parking

Stormwater management strategies – green infrastructure, enhancement of urban tree canopy

Accessible design – consideration of materials and detailing to accommodate the needs of all users

Connectivity – integrating the proposed designs into the existing neighborhood fabric, enabling convenient and comfortable travel