Designing for change

Landscape architects have a growing responsibility to contribute to the revival of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Increasingly we are also asked to design landscapes that are more resilient to rapid environmental change and unpredictable extreme events. This requires us to incorporate ecological principles into our work. One strategy is using ecologically driven planting design that strives to enhance biodiversity at the genetic, species, community, and ecosystem levels [1]. While many practitioners understand the importance of increasing species and habitat diversity, we feel that there is still a lack of focus on the benefits of incorporating diversity below – and above- the species level into planting designs. For the long-term

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