Park Park: “IN” Integrated with Nature-Landscape Systems give Form to Architecture

By Sean Surla.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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In natural systems nothing is wasted, everything is interconnected and self-sufficient simultaneously. How can we model our buildings, our built landscapes, after nature? Three natural systems are key components to modeling nature: water, vegetation and energy. The landscapes that we have constructed for cars exemplify the problems we have ecologically. Cars are major producers of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. Highways and parking lots denude the vegetative habitat and lead to excessive water runoff polluting the watersheds. Solving the car problem in major urban centers goes a long way to ultimately resolving ecological development issues everywhere. The natural systems being applied to the Park Park project apply to all built structures with a steel infrastructure (capable of holding additional loads.) The Park Park project is a mixed use parking facility and shops fabricating the natural systems of water, energy, and vegetation. Park Park puts the paradise back into the pavement.

Keywords: Landscape Systems, Environmental Building, Renewable, Sustainable, Green, Ecological, Architecture, Parking

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.63-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 9.759MB).

Sean Surla

Principal of Surla Design, American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington, DC, USA

Environmental landscape architect/advocate promoting “IN” Design Integrating ecosystems with architecture. Works with the city of Takoma Park on green projects, currently including the Flower Ave. Green Street Project, extensive green roof feasibility, and support for water runoff legislation. Supports a constitutional amendment protecting human rights to preserving nature/natural resources.