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16 July 2012

Greater & Greener: Reimagining Parks for 21st Century Cities
International Urban Parks Conference

"Integrating Sustainability in Historic Landscapes" as part of session "Sustainable Design Guidelines"
Patricia M. O'Donnell, FASLA, AICP, IFLA, ICOMOS, with
Alexander R. Brash
Mary Margaret Jones, FASLA, FAAR
Charles McKinney, Hon. AIA, ASLA

New York, NY

How can our parks help address the challenges of the 21st century urban environment more effectively? Through better design, construction and maintenance practices, New York and other cities are improving air quality, storm water absorption and wildlife habitats; reducing the urban heat island effect; and adapting to climate change.  Speakers will share guidelines on cost-saving approaches to help reduce operating expenses and decrease the frequency of capital replacement. Participants will. Discussions will focus on how cities can make use of sustainable design guidelines to improve ecosystem services and landscape performance, including social, ecological and economic factors.

Patricia O'Donnell's presentation focused on integrating sustainability in historic landscapes.

Learning Objectives

  • Ensure parks perform at peak efficiency
  • Use the guidelines, such as understanding soil, water management and vegetation as a system
  • Learn techniques for incorporating construction and operational concerns into park designUnderstand how these guidelines respond to climate change and promote more resilient cities

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