Small but Mighty

Curated by Landscape Architecture Foundation

It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of space to have a big impact. Here we showcase some of the smallest projects in the Landscape Performance Series along with Fast Facts on the benefits of even modest amounts of green.

  1. Case Study Brief

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    Central Wharf Plaza

    Boston, Massachusetts

    “At just 13,100 sf, this small plaza connects Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway with the Inner Harbor waterfront, serving some 280 pedestrians per hour. It also lowers ground-level temperatures by 10.4°F with tree canopy cover that shades 94% of the site. Pretty cool.”
  2. Case Study Brief

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    ASLA Headquarters Green Roof

    Washington, District of Columbia

    “With extensive media coverage, over 5,000 visitors, and an interactive site that includes performance data, a virtual 360 tour, live web cam, and resource guides for teachers and students, this green roof has increased understanding, engaged the public imagination, and inspired others to adopt green roofs. ASLA plans to create a similar world-class model and educational tool at ground level with its Chinatown Green Street Demonstration project, whose multi-year master plan effort got underway in July 2014.”
  3. Case Study Brief


    Elmer Avenue Neighborhood Retrofit

    Los Angeles, California

    “This retrofit demonstrates that transportation infrastructure improvements can be combined with stormwater management to prevent flooding, improve walkability, and beautify the street. The street and residential properties along this one city block capture and filter runoff from a 40-acre area.”
  4. Case Study Brief


    Erie Street Plaza

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    “The City had lofty ambitions for this 0.25-acre former parking lot: create a significant public place that would become a key component of Milwaukee’s waterfront and new development in the Third Ward. The simple, inventive, and open-ended design does just that.”

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