Sustainable landscape architecture

Sustainable landscape architecture is a category of sustainable design concerned with the planning and design of outdoor space.[1]

This can include ecological, politically correct, social and economic aspects of sustainability. For example, the design of a sustainable urban drainage system can: improve habitats for fauna and flora; improve recreational facilities, because people love to be beside water; save money, because building culverts is expensive and floods cause severe financial harm.

The design of a green roof or a roof garden can also contribute to the sustainability of a landscape architecture project. The roof will help manage surface water, provide for wildlife and provide for recreation.

Professional practice[edit]

The American Society of Landscape Architects' sustainable design guidelines include the following:[2]

  • Public Health + Landscape Architecture: Health benefits of nature
  • Community Design: Climate change, green infrastructure, healthy and livable communities, resilient design, sustainable transportation, sustainable urban development.
  • Residential Design: Improving water management, increasing water efficiency, applying ecological design, using low impact materials.

The American Society of Landscape Architects also provide a sustainability toolkit that includes economic, environmental, and social models, for projects of different scales, that can be used in practicing landscape architecture.[3]

The scales includes:

Sustainable Regional Planning

Sustainable Cities & Community Planning

Sustainable Neighborhood Planning

Sustainable Landscapes

Green Buildings

Professional Certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Orr, Stephen. "A Sustainability That Aims to Seduce". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Sustainable Design Guides |". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  3. ^ "Sustainable Design Guides |". Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  • Landscape and sustainability John F. Benson, Maggie H. Roe (2007)
  • Sustainable Site Design: Criteria, Process, and Case Studies Claudia Dinep, Kristin Schwab (2009)
  • Sustainable urban design: perspectives and examplesWork Group for Sustainable Urban Development (2005)

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