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Cherry Creek North’s 16 blocks of streetscape improvements in Denver saved the BID money by reducing water, energy and maintenance costs, and helped the district to realize a 16 percent increase in sales tax levels in the year after construction. Image: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop. Place Value: Empowering Landscape Architects to Measure the Economic Benefits of Designed Landscapes - Land8

Cherry Creek North’s 16 blocks of streetscape improvements in Denver saved the BID money by reducing water, energy and maintenance costs, and helped the district to realize a 16 percent increase in sales tax levels in the year after construction. Image: D.A. Horchner/Design Workshop. Place Value: Empowering Landscape Architects to Measure the Economic Benefits of Designed Landscapes - Land8

Universidad EAN, Bogotá, Colombia: a new 20,000 square meter academic building for the Universidad EAN in the urban core of Bogotá, Colombia, in the El Nogal district. The project is adjacent to a building completed in 2012, on the main campus of the university. Guided by the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework, the design reflects the high environmental aspirations of the client, and is targeted to achieve a LEED Gold rating.

Universidad EAN, Bogotá, Colombia: a new 20,000 square meter academic building for the Universidad EAN in the urban core of Bogotá, Colombia, in the El Nogal district. The project is adjacent to a building completed in 2012, on the main campus of the university. Guided by the Cradle to Cradle® Design Framework, the design reflects the high environmental aspirations of the client, and is targeted to achieve a LEED Gold rating.

TUTHILL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS CAMPUS - The entirety of the site, except for the building, pavement, and small Buffalo grass turf edge, has been restored to native landscapes. The site design includes shallow bioswales and raingardens, which in concert with the restored native landscape effectively manage most of the rainfall without surface water runoff. Burr Ridge, Illinois | Sustainable Sites Initiative One-Star Certified Pilot Project

TUTHILL CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS CAMPUS - The entirety of the site, except for the building, pavement, and small Buffalo grass turf edge, has been restored to native landscapes. The site design includes shallow bioswales and raingardens, which in concert with the restored native landscape effectively manage most of the rainfall without surface water runoff. Burr Ridge, Illinois | Sustainable Sites Initiative One-Star Certified Pilot Project

Aspect Communications World Headquarters, San Jose, California: At the heart of the design is a light-filled central courtyard that connects the new, v-shaped building with the existing structure. Delicately balancing intimacy and openness, the design offers an expansive interpretation of the California mission cloister while affirming a revitalized relationship between building and landscape in this benevolent climate.

Aspect Communications World Headquarters, San Jose, California: At the heart of the design is a light-filled central courtyard that connects the new, v-shaped building with the existing structure. Delicately balancing intimacy and openness, the design offers an expansive interpretation of the California mission cloister while affirming a revitalized relationship between building and landscape in this benevolent climate.

Plantronics, Park 20|20 Beukenhorst Zuid, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands

Plantronics, Park 20|20 Beukenhorst Zuid, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands

B/S/H/ Office: The Inspiration House at Park 20|20 Beukenhorst Zuid, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands

B/S/H/ Office: The Inspiration House at Park 20|20 Beukenhorst Zuid, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands

Isola, Milan, Italy (Google Milan Headquarters): The site is part of the Porta Nuova project, a 340,000 square meter development that reclaims an abandoned area of Milan with housing, retail, offices, cultural venues, a community center, an exhibition space, and a local government hub.

Isola, Milan, Italy (Google Milan Headquarters): The site is part of the Porta Nuova project, a 340,000 square meter development that reclaims an abandoned area of Milan with housing, retail, offices, cultural venues, a community center, an exhibition space, and a local government hub.

Even in the most urban areas, rain gardens can capture and filter stormwater. In San Francisco, rain gardens like this one on Cesar Chavez Street cut on the amount of storm water entering the combined sewer system by 53 percent. Photo: Liz Hafalia, San Francisco Chronicle

How to fight Houston flooding with plants

Even in the most urban areas, rain gardens can capture and filter stormwater. In San Francisco, rain gardens like this one on Cesar Chavez Street cut on the amount of storm water entering the combined sewer system by 53 percent. Photo: Liz Hafalia, San Francisco Chronicle

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