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Landscape as Infrastructure: The Importance of Simplicity and Lovability

by Jonathan Ford While we undoubtedly and without exception have winning personalities away from the calculators and drafting tables, civil engineers are not typically known for expressing human emotion and feeling in infrastructure design. Infrastructure is the basic physical framework of our society, the public realm, the connective tissue, the built systems and landscape. Increased…

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Woodies and Water: A Case for the Use of Shrubs in Reducing Urban Stormwater

by Ethan Dropkin and Dr. Nina Bassuk This article is a condensed version of Cornell University Urban Horticulture Institute’s publication of Woody Shrubs for Stormwater Retention Practices, a guide for the layman and professional that outlines the issues associated with stormwater, details the methods for mitigating these issues, and provides a comprehensive list of woody…

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A New Approach to Landscaping in Long Island: Changing the Process to Protect Our Waterways

by Tia Novak Across Long Island, the very thing that makes the place so special is under attack: water. The degradation of water on Long Island is nothing new, but the problem has been getting increasingly worse. Stories of another pond rendered too toxic for human use are emerging more frequently than ever before. Life-long…

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2,000 Gallon Project

by Nick Shannon The 2,000 Gallon Project envisions a healthier Gowanus community through a conventional dumpster planted with native trees and perennials. Each dumpster provides a visual representation of the amount of stormwater a bio-swale can handle during a storm event and brings attention to the issue of Combined Sewage Overflows (CSO) emptying into the…

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Filtering Stormwater with Trees: A Case Study

by Sandra Tremblay Last fall, StormTree in partnership with the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) completed the installation of three tree filter systems for stormwater management on the North Scituate village green, the home of the Scituate Art Festival, which draws an annual attendance of close to 100,000 during each Columbus Day weekend. The…

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Permeable Solutions for Sloped Surfaces: A Case Study

by Kristopher Houle, P.E. In the face of today’s regulatory environment, it is important to consider the many different green infrastructure practice alternatives available for use in urban site design. One alternative whose benefits are clear and well understood is porous asphalt. Design advancements over the last two decades have established its relevance both as…

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The Structure of Green Infrastructure

by David Smith This article first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Interlock Design, the official publication of Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), and is reprinted with permission of ICPI Technical Director David R. Smith. With growing reference by designers, city officials, and informed citizens, the term “green infrastructure” is rising into the national…

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The Green Alley, the Water Table, and the Ostrich

by Heather Heimarck Boston Architectural College’s “Green Alley” was built with the intention of creating a replicable model that would ameliorate negative environmental impacts caused by urban streets and high building density. Cities lack porous surfaces to return stormwater into the ground due to road, rooftops and sidewalks built with non-absorptive or impervious surfaces. The…

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Good Medicine: The Benefits of Green Infrastructure

by Thomas Benjamin The evolution of Kent Hospital’s Sustainable Campus Landscape Initiative was both capital project and Master Plan driven. In the early 2000s, Kent, located in Warwick, RI, embarked on planning major upgrades to the Emergency Department and Emergency Room, including a 1,393 square meters +/- (15,000 square-foot) Women’s Imaging Center addition, substantial new…

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