Cities’ efforts to adapt to climate change is a growing priority. Landscape architects and designers are joining forces to address how cities can adapt to new weather patterns, one project at a time. Professionals work to make cities more prepared for the impacts of record heat, droughts, floods and forest fires.
With every new park, garden and trail, we have the chance to establish resilience and manage resource scarcity. Green spaces should me multi-functional, doubling as a recreational space where activities such as biking or kayaking can be preformed. Integrating a space will have more use and benefits in the community. Although beauty and enjoyment are part of the goal, new green areas also need to provide ecological benefits.
Implementing Green Spaces
Green and blue roofs are a way to conserve space and mange city climate issues. Incorporating elements such as storm water runoff capturing capabilities and replenishment of ground water, will make a impact.
The role that water plays in cities is larger than you would initially think. Developing flood control measures and water use restrictions must be put in place early on. Although, you do not want to develop a system that disrupts the natural ecosystem. Trees can die off during drought, although they play a major part in reducing flooding because they hold in storm water. Finding the balance that prevents disastrous conditions but also protects the environment is key.
Landscape design requires synthesizing of ecological systems, scientific data, engineering methods, social and cultural practices. Look more into the impact your designs make!