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Residential Design & the Benefits of Plants: Online Resource

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on January 6th, 2010

Source: Sustainable Cities Collective, from “Sustainable Residential Design: Maximizing the Benefits of Plants”

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has created an online resource guide on maximising the benefits of plants through sustainable residential landscape architecture. The guide contains lists of organisations, research, concepts and projects related to plants and sustainable landscape architecture, and includes sections on: native [U.S.] plants, residential agriculture, residential wildlife habitat, indoor plants and residential composting. Developed for students and professionals, the resource guide contains recent reports and projects from leading U.S. and international organisations, academics, and design firms.

This sustainable residential design resource guide is the third in a new four-part series. See earlier guides in the sustainable residential design series: increasing energy efficiency and improving water efficiency. One last future guide in this series will focus on how sustainable residential landscape architecture can incorporate innovative, recycled (and recyclable) materials.

The guide is separated into five sections:

* Native Plants

* Residential Agriculture

* Residential Wildlife Habitat

* Indoor Plants

* Residential Composting

As an example, the section on “native plants” includes models for reintroducing native plants into residential landscapes, as well as plant databases and government and non-profit organization native plant conservation efforts. There are also links to projects that have successfully incorporated these concepts in a residential context.

Go to the Resource Guide to see the full range available.

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