Landscape as Sponge

Green infrastructure planning. A must do in our cities!
Traer de nuevo la naturaleza a nuestra ciudad es #ecosentido.

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In one session at the ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting , “Landscape as Sponge: Re-engineering a Historic Campus to Absorb the Rain,” Nicole Holmes, Nitsch Engineering , and Robert Rock, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates  (MVVA), explained the ways landscape design plays an integral part in Princeton University’s 2008 Campus Plan.

Holmes described how the evolution and expansion of the Princeton campus have impacted hydrology. Most significantly, explosive growth over the past century has led to buildings creeping into the ecologically sensitive zone along Lake Carnegie, to the south of campus. With Princeton’s recent decision to only expand only within existing campus boundaries, the university is faced with the challenge of how to grow without compromising its character or ecology.


Thankfully, with its 2008 Campus Plan, Princeton took a progressive stance toward planning. According to Holmes, “for the first time, landscape became a critical part of the planning process.” Instead of trying…

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