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Record number 439874
Title Climate-responsive landscape architecture design education
Author(s) Lenzholzer, S.; Brown, R.D.
Source Journal of Cleaner Production 61 (2013). - ISSN 0959-6526 - p. 89 - 99.
Department(s) Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) urban climate - built environment - knowledge
Abstract There is compelling evidence that Earth’s climate is changing, in most cases becoming warmer. This effect is exacerbated in urban environments by the growth of urban heat islands. These two processes can have far-reaching effects on human thermal comfort and health. Landscape architecture is well positioned to ameliorate these effects through planning and site design, but only if the designer un- derstands how an urban environment creates microclimates. In order to prepare our students for the climate challenges they will face in future urban planning and design practice, we have introduced climate-responsive design classes into the curricula of two schools of landscape architecture, one in Wageningen, The Netherlands and the other in Guelph, Canada. In this article we describe the methods that we used to teach climate-responsive design by integrating scienti¿c information into the creative design process. The method consisted of three main steps. First students accumulated and summarized climate knowledge at the appropriate scales. This information was used to analyze a study site and identify climate-related problems. The ¿nal step was to use this knowledge as a basis for generating design solutions and testing them for their climate-appropriateness. These courses prepare future professionals to ameliorate the effects of climate change and urban heat island intensi¿cation and create living environments that are thermally comfortable and healthy.
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