Current green building practice remains focused on individual buildings without acknowledging the larger system context as regenerative design would.
Architects committed to sustainability have focused, rightly, on minimizing damage to the environment. But today, thanks to new research, innovation and technology, it is clear that designers can do even more: they can use their work to improve the environment through what is known as regenerative design.
As of September 2015, the University of Calgary will offer a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree program through the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS). The program will be the first of its kind in Canada since 1980 and the only one in Alberta.
Designed with the beauty of Canada’s first national park in mind, the Bow River Pedestrian Bridge in Banff, Alta., is a striking timber superstructure.
As density increases in cities and land for new parks becomes scarce, areas including Toronto are now looking to privately owned public spaces.
When designing a green roof, three elements have to be optimized: drainage, growing media and plants.