The Role of Urban Spaces in the Creation of Value

By Martha Schwartz

Martha Schwartz, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, discusses how urban landscape design plays an important role in the creation of value and therefore in the creation of sustainability.

Efficiencies Through Collectivization

Our practice is devoted to cities. We believe that the most sustainable form of human habitation is the city. Collectivization is the best means we have to conserve natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint. Our philosophy is that if we create attractive cities, we can create happy densities that will encourage people to live and thrive in cities. The highest and best use of our training as landscape architects lies in our ability to create attractive and functioning dense population centers which people will choose to live in over living in suburbs.

 

Where’s the Green in Sustainability?


In our sustainability discussions, most of the focus has been on buildings. Planners, architects and city leaders have often been slow to recognize the important role that the broader landscape that underlies our city’s buildings plays in making cities successful. However, the focus on buildings is understandable, as the sheer fact of the intensiveness of resources and energy used in construction and operations of buildings overshadows the less resource-hungry landscape by far.

 
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