SUN-B09 Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach

Mia Lehrer, FASLA
Mia Lehrer + Associates
Los Angeles, CA 
United States
Mia Lehrer is committed to the design and development of public and private projects including urban revitalization developments, large urban parks, and complex commercial projects. Born in El Salvador, Lehrer earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. With great appreciation for community input, Mia Lehrer prides herself and her firm on reaching out to stakeholders for their thoughts and ideas about projects which affect their neighborhoods and their lives. Today, she is internationally recognized for her progressive landscape designs, working with such natural landmarks as parks, lakes, and rivers, coupled with her advocacy for ecology and people-friendly public space.
David Rouse, ASLA
American Planning Association
Washington, DC 
United States
David Rouse, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP  is Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services for the American Planning Association (APA). David was previously a principal at WRT, where his projects ranged from comprehensive plans and park and open space system plans to urban designs and development standards. He has developed special expertise in green infrastructure planning and design across scales, seeking project outcomes that connect the built and natural environments and yield multiple benefits for people and ecosystems. David was co-author of the APA publication "Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach" and speaks across the country on topics ranging from green infrastructure and urban forestry to planning and design for public health.
Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, FASLA
Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC
Philadelphia, PA 
Ignacio Bunster-Ossa is an award-winning landscape architect and principal of Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC. He has taught and lectured on landscape design in numerous universities and contributed to the discouse on Landscape Urbanism through projecxt work, talks and articles. Among areas of expertise is the use of green infrastructure as a redevelopment catalyst, especially through the design of Complete Streets and urban parks. He co-authored the recently published "Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach", a recently published Planning Advisory Service Report from the American Planning Association.
Sun, 11/17: 1:30 PM  - 3:00 PM 
Education Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 210 
PDH Credits: 1.5 
The debate is under way between "urbanism" and "landscape urbanism". Which approach is better for creating healthy urban environments and green infrastructure? This presentation discusses how landscape architects are well positioned to serve the public well-being from the regional scale to the specific building site.

Learning Objective

1) Acquire a working definition of green infrastructure and its evolution through history.
2) Determine the scales by which green infrastructure can be applied and the criteria by which it can be integrated with the design of urban landscapes.
3) Understand what a systems approach to green infrastructure means and how this supports the planning and design spheres of practice.
4) Learn through succesful case studies how green infrastructure becomes a model for the planning and design of urban space. 


Education Credits


Primary Topic

Sustainable Design