Biodiversity Assessment & Evaluation: A Case Study
In 2012, SWT Design became the first design firm to achieve SITES certification for its own campus headquarters located in St. Louis, MO. The firm is currently developing a framework to further evaluate the biodiversity of its projects throughout the region. As a pilot study that will initially take place over the next year, the firm will study and evaluate the immediate two-mile radius surrounding its campus using assumptions based upon landscape typologies found in the region.
According to the California Biodiversity Council, biodiversity is defined as the variety of plants, animals and other living things in a particular area or region. In practice, biodiversity suggests sustaining the diversity of species in each ecosystem as we plan human activities that affect the use of land and natural resources.
By using its campus and surrounding area as a case study, SWT Design intends to contrast this evaluation with a projection of the biodiversity possible if those landscape typologies were reworked to function at the level of sustainable case studies. By incorporating a biodiversity assessment into a typical project’s timeline, we will have the ability to produce design solutions that are better integrated in the ecosystems by which they are surrounded.
Hunter Beckham & Brock Piglia, SWT Design
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