Green infrastructure? Light imprint? Low asphalt? Tell it to Summit Springs, pal.


As for green, the only relevance it has to New Gahania in Year Six is the color of money.

Great idea: Light Imprint for walkable green infrastructure, by Robert Steuteville (Public Square: A CNU Journal)

A leaner, lighter approach to infrastucture is more cost-effective, sustainable, and livable—an idea worth considering for America in National Infrastructure Week.

In the public realm, the greenery to impervious pavement ratio—and how that relates to urban context—has an impact on quality of life and experience. Conventional suburban design tends toward heavy use of asphalt, with wide roads lined by parking lots, in relatively low-density areas. This engineering approach requires large and expensive stormwater mitigation. New urbanists have countered with techniques that lay far lighter on the land, an approach that could be called “Light Imprint,” “lean,” or simply “green infrastructure.” This light approach to engineering the land, combined with good urban design, makes for appealing streets and public spaces while providing effective rainwater management

 … Public Square editor Robert Steuteville interviewed architect and planner Tom Low, founder of Civic By Design and author of the influential Light Imprint Handbook, and Paul Crabtree of the Crabtree Group, a specialist in civil engineering for urban places, on the the subject of Light Imprint and green infrastructure.