Framework for Design Excellence: Design for Ecosystems
Good design mutually benefits human and nonhuman inhabitants.
- How can the design support the ecological health of its place over time?
- How can the design help users become more aware and connected with the project’s place and regional ecosystem?
- How can the design build resilience while reducing maintenance?
- How is the project supporting regional habitat restoration?
- Earth forms: Evaluate the different geographic conditions on-site.
- Life forms: Identify and protect the species of the site.
- Impacts: Understand how human interaction has impacted local ecosystems.
If you can do only one (or a few) thing(s)
- Develop a project-specific indexing framework that assesses attributes of the surrounding predevelopment, quantitatively and qualitatively.
- Design landscaping composed of 100% native plantings, especially species that attract pollinators. Avoid all decorative turf grass.
- Integrate bird collision deterrent design strategies.
- Create natural nighttime habitat conditions by eliminating unnecessary artificial light and sounds while no humans are present.