New guidance from ASLA on Resilient Design

ASLA have produced a new guide on resilient landscape planning demonstrating how working with nature , instead of in opposition to it, helps communities become more resilient and come back stronger after disruptive natural events.

“We actually tried to do this a couple years ago, but found there wasn’t a wealth of cases to point to,” says Jared Green, ASLA’s senior communications manager who produced the guide. “Sadly with so many disasters recently—seeing [Hurricane] Sandy and all the money put into rebuilding parts of New York—we went back to look at it again” [source]

This guide is organised around disruptive events that communities now experience: drought, extreme heat, fire, flooding, landslides, and, importantly, biodiversity loss, which subverts our ability to work with nature.  It looks at learning to cope with the ever-changing “new normal.” As events become more frequent and intense due to climate change, communities, its says, must adapt and redevelop to reduce risks and improve ecological and human health. It also argues it is time to stop putting communities and infrastructure in high-risk places and for the reduction in sprawl.

You can find their guidance here