Washington, D.C., May
5, 2011 –
Plants that digest toxic waste, parks built from old building materials, trees
that lower utility bills and many other sustainable concepts are part of a new
free educational resource from the American Society of Landscape Architects
(ASLA). The resource is available at www.asla.org/animations.
outside of the landscape architecture profession fully understand the benefits
of sustainable landscape design, and even less know how these design techniques
actually work,” said ASLA President Jonathan Mueller, FASLA. ”This new resource
will serve as Sustainable Design 101 for students and teachers alike by
explaining complex environmental systems in a clear, understandable format.”
possible by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the site includes six
animations to view at home or in the classroom; more than 60 different
classroom activities, videos, games, and lesson plans that cover grades K-12;
plus 20 examples of real-world projects from around the world.
developed the animations with author and Google SketchUp expert Daniel Tal,
ASLA. The six animations include Building a Park out
of Waste, Energy
Efficient Home Landscapes, Designing
for Active Living, From
Industrial Waste to Community Park, Leveraging the Landscape
to Manage Water and Revitalizing
Communities with Parks. Each animation includes an accompanying educational
resource with classroom activities and interactive case studies. Four more
animations and educational resource guides are planned for 2011.
addition to the animations, the resource now includes 20 case studies of
sustainable projects of all sizes, including master plans, university campuses,
urban farms, green roofs and backyards. Each case study lists the project’s
environmental benefits and includes a slideshow with images and descriptions,
project facts and a downloadable one-page brief.