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LAND 392 Seminar-Designed Landscapes-Theory and Criticism

Section III – Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Weeks – Tuesdays and Thursdays

The Site Sustainability Initiative (SITES™, 2014) rating system is discussed, applied and compared by teams of students to the following iconic landscapes:

911 Memorial NYC . Alhambra – Court of the Myrtles . Bloedel Reserve Gardens – Haag Pool . Crissy Field . Donell Garden . FDR Memorial . Forecourt Fountain . Freeway Park . Getty Center. High Line . Lovejoy Fountain . Lurie Garden. Miller Garden . Paley Park . Princess Diana Memorial . Solana . Taj Mahal . Teardrop Park . Vietnam Veterans Memorial . Villa D’Este

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is a program based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed, and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. Sustainable landscapes create ecologically resilient communities better able to withstand and recover from episodic floods, droughts, wildfires, and other catastrophic events. They benefit the environment, property owners, and local and regional communities and economies.

The SITES program provides tools for those who influence land development and management practices and can address increasingly urgent global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and resource depletion. They can be used by those who design, construct, operate, and maintain landscapes, including but not limited to planners, landscape architects, engineers, developers, builders, maintenance crews, horticulturists, governments, land stewards, and organizations offering building standards.

The SITES program offers a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance, and ultimately elevate the value of landscapes. The SITES Rating System can apply to development projects located on sites with or without buildings, including:

    • Open Spaces – local, state, and national parks; botanic gardens; arboretums
    • Streetscapes and plazas
    • Commercial – retail and office areas; corporate campuses
    • Residential – neighborhoods or individual yards
    • Educational/Institutional – public and private campuses; museums; hospitals
    • Infrastructure
    • Government
    • Military
    • Industrial





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