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Smart Growth

Sustainability, Smart Growth, and Landscape Architecture

Submitted by Aditya Pal, Visiting Professor of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University.

Sustainability, Smart Growth, and Landscape Architecture is an overview course for landscape architecture students interested in sustainability in landscape architecture and how it might apply to smart growth principles in urban, suburban, and rural development. It is not a primer course, and it is preferable if students have a basic familiarity with concepts of sustainability at the start of the course.

It is designed to address the following questions:

  • What do "sustainability" and "sustainable development" imply for landscape architecture?
  • What is the relationship between "smart growth" and sustainable landscape development?
  • What are the processes critical to sustainable landscape architecture?
  • What are the technologies and products available that support sustainable landscapes?
  • What is the state of "sustainable design" consulting in the landscape architecture profession (who/what/where) today?

See more examples of course prospectuses that teach smart growth concepts at colleges and universities.

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