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Contemporary Landscape Performance Methods and Techniques: Lessons from the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Galen Newman

This book defines, illustrates, applies, and explores current and future tools and methods for measuring landscape performance using the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (HANC) as a case site, providing the most extensive, comprehensive description and application of existing landscape performance tools in the current literature to date.

Landscape performance is a measure of the effectiveness with which landscape solutions fulfil their intended purpose and contribute to sustainability. The design of the HANC is a prime case for measuring landscape performance as the site has undergone a pervasive transformation of its 65-acre core as an initial phase of improvements. The massive six-year effort has reconfigured arrival, circulation, and parking, developed new educational facilities, constructed a network of walks and trails, and established sustainable ecologies of prairie, savannah, riparian woods, and upland woods across the northern half of its property. This book uses landscape performance as an integral method of not only blending science into the design process but using scientific outputs as the rationale for design-decision making. Through this, the book showcases a multitude of proven quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods which can be applied to other designs and plans, calculating their specific impacts on the HANC, and guiding readers through how to use each tool through an applied process. This book provides a comprehensive set of tools and approaches to measuring landscape performance that could be used as a guide for other projects to replicate or expand upon.

The book helps move the design professions beyond simple stereotypes of simple beauty of form, showcasing and describing how the design professions (primarily landscape architecture) are an extremely scientific and evidence-based industry.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Oct 21st, 2024
  • Pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9781032801100
  • Categories: Landscape

About the Author

Galen Newman is Professor and Department Head in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, United States. His research interests include community resilience, urban regeneration, landscape performance, and advanced land use science and analytics.

Rui Zhu is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, United States. Her research revolves around the intersections of community resilience, urban regeneration, urban analytics, landscape performance, and land use science.

Dongying Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, United States. Her primary area of research elucidates the relationship between human exposure to green infrastructure and mental health. She also focuses on identifying the environmental enablers and barriers to health equity.

Megan Barnes is Senior Program Manager for Research at the Landscape Architecture Foundation, United States. She manages LAF's Case Study Investigation (CSI) program and Landscape Performance Series initiatives. She has a diverse background in landscape architecture, international development, and nonprofit work and specializes in the quantification of benefits of exemplary landscapes.