Eco-Site Planning

Ecological site design is where architects can have the greatest impact on the quality of urban development. The following four design concepts are important to an ecological site design:

Density & Context
Ecological site planning directly addresses the issues of appropriate density, the overall development size, building shape, mass and scale, site-specificity, and the neighborhood context. Natural features such as creeks, wildlife corridors, and native plant communities should also be important considerations.

Solar & Wind Orientation
Local climate patterns should determine when and how much natural daylighting and solar radiation is desired throughout the year. Buildings located within the summer coastal fog range in Northern California can tolerate more sun than inland valleys.

Water & Edible Landscapes
Ecological site design focuses on tree plantings, soil types, site drainage, and edible landscapes. Restoring natural drainage paths can help replenish the water table and nourish trees.

Community Spaces
Ecological site design should enhance social interaction through careful design of private and public spaces. Reinforcing existing public and private patterns within the surrounding neighborhood is critical. 

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