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"Landscape Planning & Design"

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Aesthetics and Ecology (CRP 383, LAR 385)

This seminar will explore the question: what does aesthetics have to do with ecology? More
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Agenda 21: Sustainable Urbanism (ARC 386M)

This course will examine factors affecting the changing status of the 21st century city and the tactics used to mediate the effects of rapid urbanization by leaders in the environmental design professions. Key words: Lan... More
Faculty & Staff

Almy, Dean

Applied Research in Sustainable Urbanism. Dallas Urban Laboratory More
Faculty & Staff

Asher, John Hart

John's expertise includes sustainable roadside design; project management; sustainable water quality and detention practices; soil restoration/conservation practices; compost for restoration purposes; invasive species tr... More
Courses

Basic Botany and Native Plants (LAR 384)

Students will study plant form and function using native plant species as an examples. The goal of the course is to become familiar with Plant biology and physiology and to be able to identify general characteristics of ... More
Research & Initiatives

Be Plantwise: A Partnership for Conservation

Be PlantWise is a partnership between the National Park Service, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Garden Club of America, and the National Invasive Species Council to educate the public and communities about best... More
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Biological Systems in Sustainable Design (BIO 386)

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Research & Initiatives

Build Carbon Neutral

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mithun, a multidisciplinary design practice (www.mithun.com), have joined forces to expand our current understanding of the construction industry\'s role in global warming and ... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is unique in its successful integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, con... More
Research & Initiatives

Concho Community Garden

Growing food for individuals, local food shelters, UT Dining Services; Educating our campus and city communities about growing local, organic food, and realizing its place within the greater context of conventional food ... More
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Conservation Biology (BIO 375; BIO 384K)

Application of principles of ecology to the preservation of wild plant and animal species and to the preservation, management, and restoration of natural and seminatural ecosystems. Emphasis on scientific, biological asp... More
Faculty & Staff

Dooling, Sarah

Urban ecology; Urban Vulnerabilities; Ecosystem Services; Spatial Justice; Interdisciplinary Pedagogy More
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Environmental Impact Assessment (GRG 396T; CRP 383; LAR 385)

This course provides instruction in the theory and methods of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The course objectives are to (1) gain a critical understanding of the use, strengths, and limitations of EIA; and (2) d... More
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Environmental Readings (CRP 383, LAR 385)

A long, deep green thread exists in American literature from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman through Herman Melville and William Carlos Williams on to Terry Tempest Williams and Wendell Berry. This literature has in... More
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Field Methods for Landscape Characterization (GRG 373K)

The design of research questions and the acquisition of data for the characterization of landscapes. Utilizes geographical and ecological field-based methods. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Up... More
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Foundations of Sustainable Design Seminar (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Research & Initiatives

Go Native U

Go Native U is an informal education program designed to teach adults about the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes and encourages discovery of the natural world. In our spring ... More
Faculty & Staff

Hawkins, Philip

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Research & Initiatives

Historic Preservation Knowledge for Sustainability Practice

Sustainability on the UT campus means sustaining a particular iconic place, saturated with cultural significance rooted in its history. The campus is a particularly hospitable environment for sustainability and preservat... More
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Housing, Landscape, and Urbanism (ARC 386M; LAR 388)

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Introduction to Urban Ecology (CRP 383)

In this course, relevant theories and principles from natural science ecology, planning, geography, history, urban studies, public policy, and environmental law will be integrated to further understanding of urban ecolog... More
Research & Initiatives

Invaders of Texas

The Wildflower Center has joined with the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Master Naturalists, Houston Advanced Research Center and others to recruit volunteers who detect and report invasive species... More
Courses

Invasion Ecology (BIO 384K)

Our understanding of the problems associated with species invasions has grown dramatically in recent years due to the large numbers of species introductions, their sometimes severe negative impacts, and the economic cost... More
Centers & Institutes

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Decades ago, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson recognized that ou... More
Research & Initiatives

Land Restoration Projects

Landscape restoration is an important activity of the Wildflower Center, applying the knowledge of native plants and resource conservation to heal damaged, degraded and destroyed ecological systems. The Center serves as ... More
Courses

Landscape, Meaning, and Society (GRG 390C)

The creation, transformation, and meaning of landscapes within different societies through time. Iconographical analysis of the built environment; impress of belief and ideology on landscape; analysis of nationalistic an... More
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Landuse/Landcover Change Practicum (GRG 396T)

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Faculty & Staff

Lanoux, Steven M

Design and construction of Estuarine Research Center, a LEED Gold bilding, with hurricane resistant envelope, designed to withstand daily assault from coastal environment, and significant sustainability features incorpor... More
Faculty & Staff

Lee, Gloria

Gloria Lee, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B., Political Science), and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A. Graphic Design), founded the design studio, Buds Design Kitchen, which works in software pro... More
Research & Initiatives

Low Impact Development (LID) Workshop Training

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (LBJWC) are holding a series of FREE LID workshops in eight communities containing local wat... More
Faculty & Staff

Manderson, Emily

As an environmental designer, Emily Manderson's work focuses on sustainable landscape development and conservation design, implementing low impact development and increasing natural systems in the built environment. She ... More
Faculty & Staff

Marcus, Joe

North American native plants. More
Courses

Maximum Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio (LAR 696)

he MAXIMUM landscape architecture studio will focus on creating a broad strategy for pocket parks within the city of Austin. The 21st century holds many conditions and demands that shape and change the ways we interact w... More
Research & Initiatives

Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is NPIN’s newest feature allowing web visitors to submit or review plant questions online. Compared to the old email-based system of individual response, the new system has several advantages incl... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Plant Information Network

The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is an online clearinghouse created by the Lady Bird Johnsons Wildflower Center to encourage the cultivation, conservation, and preservation of wildflowers and other native flor... More
Research & Initiatives

Native Turfgrass Project

Using a grant from Wal-Mart, the Lady Bird Wildflower Center is in year two of an effort to develop a multi-species turf grass that conserves water, is disease resistant and stands up to foot traffic, while creating the ... More
Faculty & Staff

O'Toole, Matthew

•M.L.A., 2010, Texas A&M University •M.S. in Range & Wildlife Management, 2005, Sul Ross State University •B.A. in Geography, 1999, University of Texas at Austin •Related expertise includes project management, fa... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Post Professional Degree Program in Sustainable Design (M.Arch II, PP)

This degree program is intended for those students who have previously received a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree, or BArch, from an accredited university and who wish to conduct graduate level research in s... More
Faculty & Staff

Raish, Julia K

Environmental designer Raish has experience in green infrastructure research, sustainable design and implementation, master planning and facilitation, site analysis and sustainable roadside design. She holds dual master... More
Faculty & Staff

Rieff, Susan

Before joining the Wildflower Center in 2004, Rieff served as policy director for land stewardship for the National Wildlife Federation. From 1995 to 1998, she was deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of the Int... More
Faculty & Staff

Shearer, Allan

Dr. Shearer's research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Focusing on issues rela... More
Faculty & Staff

Simmons, Mark

Mark Simmons is the Director of the Ecosystem Design Group at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. His duties are divided between the research program, teaching, and environmenta... More
Courses

Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspectives on Sustainable Design (UGS 303)

Sustainable design increasingly pervades all aspects of contemporary life, from the buildings we build, to the clothes we wear, to the food we eat. The interdisciplinary course “Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspective... More
Faculty & Staff

Steiner, Frederick

Dean Steiner has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. These activities include analysis of watershed level growth management for the upper San Pedro basin on the U.S.... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainability of Low Income Housing in Texas and Latin America

We are exploring ways in which sustainable applications can be extended to low income home owners in self build and self managed communities in Texas (colonias) and Latin America (irregular settlements. It embraces susta... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative

The Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative focus on the integration of cutting edge research and practice in the fields of urban planning, architecture, environmental and architectural engineering, landscape arc... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design (MSSD)

This degree plan is intended for those students who wish to prepare for a related PhD program, plan to work in public policy, or pursue activism related to sustainable architecture or urbanism. It is a non-professional r... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design Emphasis - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, E)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. No background in architecture or design is required, but a... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design Specialization - First Professional Degree Program in Architecture (M.Arch. I, S)

This degree program is intended for those students who hold a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree and intend to practice architecture as a licensed professional. More
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Sustainable Land Use Planning (CRP 386)

This course presents the nuts and bolts of land use planning as practiced in the US today using the recently adopted Tulsa Oklahoma comprehensive plan (PLANiTULSA )-as our case study for understanding the theory and meth... More
Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Sites Initiative

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic ... More
Research & Initiatives

Texas Arboretum

The Wildflower Center's new Gardens Master Plan includes a Texas Arboretum that will be located in an area of deeper soils suitable for growing a large number of tree species. Developed as a classic arboretum, this will ... More
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The City: Into to Urban (GRG 315)

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The Future - Views in Planning (ARC 386M, CRP 386, LAR 388)

The topic of this seminar is how 'images of the future' (expectations about the state of things to come at some future time) are used environmental planning and design discourse. More
Research & Initiatives

The Greening of the University of Texas at Austin Main Campus

This paper briefly describes UTSOA student team documentations of proposed strategies for a greening of the University of Texas at Austin main campus. The investigations use the campus as a laboratory to explore how to e... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
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Topics in Environmental Science (LAR 385)

Elective seminars in aspects of environmental analysis, ecological and systemic approaches, sustainable development, and applied methods of geographic information systems. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.... More
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Topics in Horticulture and Plant Design (LAR 384)

Study of habitat, site and technical conditions, and characteristics of plant typologies and their application to landscape practice. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser. More
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Urban Design Practice (URB 352 3; ARC 350R 3)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Urban Landscape and Place-Making (ARC 386M; LAR 386M; CRP 386M)

This seminar explores ways to make better urban places both as a means to serve a city’s inhabitants, and also as a catalyst to urban regeneration. City leaders are increasingly realizing that the urban landscape of ... More
Faculty & Staff

Waitt, Damon

Damon Waitt holds a doctorate in botany from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied the evolutionary ecology and population genetics of Phlox. Waitt has served on the faculty at Saint Edward's University and ... More