|Now through October, the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is rolling out 20 new case studies that showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of high-performing landscapes. Visit the LAF Case Study Briefs page to see the latest, or follow LAF to get Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter updates as each new case study is released.
The case studies are part of LAF’s award-winning Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help you quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. By year-end, the searchable database will contain more than 80 case-study briefs.
From Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park to private residences in Aspen to the 1,000-acre Napa River Flood Protection Project, the new case studies represent a range of geographic locations, scales, and project types. Documented landscape performance benefits include:
- Filters 4.5 million gallons annually, 100 percent of surface runoff from 12.5 acres of developable properties adjacent to the park (Milliken State Park, Detroit)
- Improves the quality of life for 99 percent of 108 park users surveyed (Buffalo Bayou Promenade, Houston)
- Creates an estimated 1,373 temporary construction jobs and 1,254 permanent jobs on properties developed as a result of flood protection (Napa River Flood Protection Project, Napa, California)
- Provided a hands-on educational experience for 450,000 people (Chicago Museum of Science and Industry Smart Home, Chicago)
- Increased calmness in 57 peercent and made the hospital stay easier for 50 percent of patients surveyed (Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois).
These exemplary projects were documented through LAF’s 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program, a unique research collaboration that matched eight LAF-funded faculty/student research teams with practitioners from 20 participating design firms. The teams worked together to develop methods to quantify performance benefits and produce the case-study briefs.
Through the Landscape Performance Series and Case Study Investigation programs, LAF is working to advance the collective knowledge of landscape performance and lead the profession to routinely design with specific performance objectives, collect performance data, and integrate landscape performance in design education.
To see the full suite of resources in the Landscape Performance Series or learn how you can participate in CSI, follow the links below. The next CSI program will run March – August 2014, with applications available starting in October.
Learn more about CSI at www.lafoundation.org/csi.
See the Landscape Performance Series at www.lafoundation.org/lps.