The NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio recently transformed an otherwise anonymous stretch of mulch between two campus residence halls into a high-‐performance landscape, rich with social and environmental affordances. This landscape, called the Artists’ Backyard (derived from the adjacent Arts Village living/learning community), uses a holistic approach to educate students, staff, and visitors about the value of landscape architecture; the ability of green infrastructure to conserve resources; and how small spaces can make big moves toward creating community value and protecting the environment.
The New Education Center at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens has opened. The 29,656-square-foot green building is the first LEED Platinum certified building in North Carolina. The building was designed by architect Frank Haron of Raleigh.
David Swanson served as the landscape architect for the project.
“A rare natural community in Transylvania County, well-known to naturalists, biologists and conservationists throughout North Carolina, has been permanently protected through the efforts of the landowners and a local land trust, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy…..”