Landscape Architecture Foundation selects TREE neighborhood

Rick Manning  (Ithaca) and Michele Palmer (Cornell University) have been selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation to complete a case study of the EcoVillage TREE neighborhood focused on sustainable landscape measures. The landscape design for TREE features plantings of native trees, shrubs and perennials, many selected to attract pollinators and provide edible harvests.

Michele PalmerA total of 21 projects  across the country have been selected for LAF’s 2014 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches faculty-student research teams with leading practitioners to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects.

Palmer said, “There is nothing particularly innovative about EcoVillage Ithaca in terms of what is conventionally thought of as ‘landscape.’ Planting native trees and shrubs is standard sustainable practice now.” However, she continued, “What is innovative is your overall approach to live in a socially conscious, pedestrian friendly clustered neighborhood that limits road development and has an overall smaller footprint.”

Manning, Palmer and team  will work  to evaluate the performance of TREE and produce a Landscape Performance Series Case Study Brief. Projects are selected based on design innovation, availability of baseline information, potential for quantified performance outcomes and the firm’s commitment to the research collaboration.