Green Infrastructure (PAS 571)

A Landscape Approach

By David Rouse, FAICP, Ignacio Bunster

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From the beginning, the landscape has determined where and how people live. Over time, people embellished the natural landscape with an infrastructure of roads, aqueducts, bridges, ports, power plants, and more. Now communities are turning their attention to the central planning challenge of our time: sustainability. And they are discovering, or rediscovering, the benefits of green infrastructu...

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Jan. 1, 2013
APA Planning Advisory Service

About the Authors

David Rouse
David Rouse, AICP has over 30 years of private, public, and nonprofit sector experience in community planning, design, and implementation. As APA’s Research Director, he oversees the Planning Advisory Service and the three National Centers for Planning (Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health). Prior to joining APA David was a principal of WRT, a nationally recognized planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture consulting firm. His projects, many of which received awards for excellence from APA or other organizations, included comprehensive plans for cities, counties, and regions; parks, open space, and green infrastructure plans; transportation, economic development, and urban design plans; and zoning and development standards and ordinances.

Ignacio Bunster
Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa, FASLA, LEED AP Vice President, AECOM Landscape Architecture Practice Leader (Americas) Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa is an internationally recognized landscape architect and urban designer with long-standing experience in the planning and design of urban places. A recipient of numerous design awards, Ignacio’s work is noted for the design integration of green infrastructure, community engagement and public art. While being a Principal at Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC, Ignacio led many of the firm’s landmark projects, including the Strategic Plans for Pánama City and Colón in the Republic of Pánama; the Trinity River Corridor Project in Dallas; the Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and Beach Boardwalk in Los Angeles; the Georgetown Waterfront Park in Washington, D.C.; and the Steel Stacks Arts and Cultural Campus and Hoover-Mason Trestle in Bethlehem, PA. He has taught advanced design and lectured widely, and is also the author of two noted books: Green Infrastructure: a Landscape Approach (with David Rouse); and Reconsidering Ian McHarg: the Future of Urban Ecology, published by Planners Press in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Ignacio is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the American Planning Association, a board member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and resource faculty at the ULI’s Rose Center for Planning Leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami (FL), a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Loeb Fellowship in Environmental Studies from Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Landscape Planning, Design, and Green Infrastructure
Historic Antecedents
Definitions of Landscape and Green Infrastructure
Key Concepts

Chapter 3: Green Infrastructure in Practice
Planning and Design Principles
Planning and Design Applications
Planning and Green Infrastructure
Landscape Architecture and Green Infrastructure

Chapter 4: Case Studies
Cleveland / Northeast Ohio
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lancaster, Pennyslvania
Lenexa, Kansas
North Texas
Onondaga County, New York
Floyds Fork Greenway, Louisville, Kentucky
Los Angeles River Revitalization
Menomonee Valley Redevelopment and Community Park, Milwaukee
Railroad Park, Birmingham, Alabama

Appendix: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Ordinances and Codes