Considering trees and natural elements as part of the urban infrastructure avoids having green space becoming a compromised afterthought. Reducing paved areas and providing shade is the hallmark of Ekistics’ approach to urban heat islands. We actively promote sustainable agricultural development in urbanized areas. Stormwater is an integral part of our designed green spaces through the use of rain gardens, bioswales and other sustainable strategies.
To have positive environmental benefits, green space needs to promote native and drought tolerant vegetation as well water conservation and recycling. Over the last 25 years, Ekistics has supported the Florida Native Plant Society, Tampa Bay National Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Watch and many others in promoting the creation of ecologically relevant landscapes as a component of a healthy urban ecosystem.
Ekistics Design Studio developed a master plan for the proposed Pasco County campus that incorporates green technologies and low impact development approaches to guide site development of the project. Continue reading →
Ekistics Design Studio teamed with local architects Ugarte and Associates to develop a plan focused on unique local community issues and to apply a “green streets” approach to an urban Community Redevelopment Area. Continue reading →
Innovative site design features for water management and the outdoor environment were integrated by a collaborative effort of Ekistics Design Studio working with the project A/E team. The campus parking lot was designed with bio-swales and a series of compartmentalized detention ponds to effectuate a treatment train effect. Continue reading →