Signage Guidelines can reduce clutter in the landscape

The image of US 280 in Michael Tomberlin’s post – Birmingham committee revisiting sign rules is very telling of the suburban landscape where signs breed like rabbits and litter the road side with retailers using the mantra ‘the bigger the better’ rather than ‘less is more’. Signage littering the urban landscape is not endemic to just Birmingham or the USA for that matter, all across the globe streetscapes are littered with A-Frames blackboard signs, bus stop advertising and billboards. But do they really urge passers by to go and shop or are they just landmarks to designate the location of the store? I think it is the latter and that all cities should have formulate signage guidelines (many already do) including the number of signs allowed and the size.

Guidelines should also go further to streetscape and city government signage & intepretation. Often towns and city landscapes becomes a minefield of directional, parking and place marking signs that have been added layer by layer by various departments and changes of staff who continually add more signage to the landscape. All cities should at the least evaluate their main streetscapes and see where they can reduce the clutter to provide a clean landscape that is visually easy to navigate and often more pedestrian friendly. Often city signage for an area can be easily amalgamated into one sign(or sign family) such as place marking and area parking restrictions.

Read more about what Birmingham is proposing at [al.com]

Sustainable Sites coverage *UPDATE*

Sustainable Sites launch is getting some nation-wide press coverage.

USA Today – Landscapes now get ‘green’ ratings

Washington Times – Landscape groups announce eco-ratings

Environmental Leader – Sustainable Sites Initiative Rates Landscaping Sustainability

Earthtimes.org – New Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes Expected to Influence Future Park Design and Development

If you see any other articles please email damian@worldlandscapearchitect.com

Sustainable Sites Guidelines & Benchmarks – Launched

As WLA reported recently – today is the launch of Guidelines &  Performance Benchmarks of the Sustainable Sites Initiative. You can download the 233 page report from the Sustainable Sites website.

Today is also the opening of the Call for Pilot Projects to test various aspects of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Rating System using a cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations throughout the design, construction and maintenance stages. Feedback from the pilot projects will be used to revise the final rating system and inform the technical reference manual.

Projects outside the USA will be considered but additional documentation will be required in relation to regulations and systems. The Pilot Program does not have an application fee, however fees during the pilot project will range between$500 to $5000.

For more information go to Sustainable Sites Pilot Program.

SOURCE: Sustainable Sites

World Landscape Architect is not involved with Sustainable Sites all information requests and enquiries should go to the Sustainable Sites website

http://www.sustainablesites.org/report/

Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

PilotOnline.com reports

To developers, builders and landowners, his call is crucial. If deemed a wetland, the site will require state and federal environmental permits that can take months to obtain. Compensation for lost wetlands must be arranged before construction can begin.

Now, for the first time in two decades, federal guidelines for making wetland decisions have changed……

read the full article at the SOURCE: PilotOnline.com – Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus