Biofiltration Street

The new biofiltration street is also a planning strategy to adapt existing suburban regions. Instead of forcing new and unfamiliar planning models through agencies and onto communities, existing streets and cul-de-sacs can be retrofitted with a Urban Reserve street, giving neighborhoods the opportunity to replace the water-thirsty landscapes with naturalizing ecologies.

Considering that 80 percent of the water removed from north Texas reservoirs is used to irrigate turf grass, as one example, savings to individual households are substantial.

Environmental stewardship and intelligent cost-management are likely to become more mandatory than optional issues going forward. By rethinking the typical elements of a built environment, in this case the cross section and details of a suburban street, the collective impact to the environment is heightened by multiplication.

And by allowing the landscape character of a place to become unique by doing something, a practical strategy may be at hand to move beyond the outdated cultural desire for English landscapes.

Kevin W. Sloan, ASLA, M. Arch, is the owner of Kevin Sloan Studio in Dallas, Texas. He can be reached via email at ks@kevinsloanstudio.com.

M. Diane Sloan is CEO of Kevin Sloan Studio. For more information, visit www.kevinsloanstudio.com.

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Project Design Team

Owner & Developer: Urban Edge Ltd., Diane Cheatham, Rick Fontenot

Planning & Landscape Architecture: Kevin Sloan Studio, Kevin W. Sloan, ASLA, M. Arch, AValerie Warner, AIA, ASLA

Planning & AP: DSGN, Robert McFessell, FAIA, LEED AP

Architectural Design Guidelines Civil Engineering: Brockette, Davis & Drake, Jim A. Riley, PE

Wetland Planting: Steve Moeller

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