Applying Ecological Design
Maryland-based Biohabitats synthesizes science, design, and
By Susan Hines
David Harp Photography
Imagine a landscape architect-owned firm in which designers
and scientists work side by side to regenerate the land. This is the firmís
exclusive focus, and it turns down work that doesnít aim to heal the earth.
Instead of planting plans or plazas, ecological restoration, especially in
significant wetland areas, is its bread and butter.
In an extraordinary move for a landscape architecture firm,
this firm expands by bioregions. Working on conservation planning and
regenerative design projects in and from locations that include the
Chesapeake/Delaware Basin and the Ohio River Basin, these bioregional offices
grow stronger year by year.
The headquarters building is as unique as the firm, located
on a brownfield in an old stable near an aging cityís light-rail system. Of
course, its desks and tables are made from recycled materials, but in addition
to the natural light and amazing space this green renovation preserves, it also
holds a wonder wall of live plants that clean the air through the buildingís
Now imagine that after 20 years in business, the firm is
highly profitable and increasingly sought after, so forward thinking that it
really has little competition.
Sound like a utopia formulated by an idealistic landscape
architecture student? Wrong. Itís a real firm based in Baltimore, and itís
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