October 23, 2008 - November 29, 2009
Courtesy of Prairie Holdings Corporation, Photo by Victoria Post Ranney
The health of our communities, our planet, and ourselves depend on how we plan, design, and construct the world between our buildings. Green Community explores the origins of our precarious ecological situation and introduces communities large and small where citizens, political leaders, planning and design professionals, developers, and government agencies are working together for a more sustainable future.
What makes a community green? A green community conserves its land, offers multiple options for transportation, provides open space for recreation and cultivation, and uses its natural and cultural resources wisely. (Check out our article on this subject>>)
Green communities aren't a new idea. In fact, for most of human history, "green" wasn't something special--it was simply how people lived. We arranged our days around the rising and setting of the sun and our years around the seasons. Healthy land resulted in healthy crops, which resulted in healthy people. Living in cooperation with nature wasn't a matter of choice; it was a matter of survival.
Previous generations may not have used terms like "sustainable development" or "smart growth" but they knew that healthy places had clean air, fresh water, fertile soil, and viable ways to move goods and people around.
As people invented new technologies, we changed how we live. Without the old constraints of nature, we can travel the world easily, use electricity to light up our nights and extend our days, and keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These conveniences, however, have had consequences for our personal health--and for the health of our civic spaces and our planet. It turns out that living in cooperation with nature is still a matter of survival. Humans, however, are still inventive and many communities are now investing in new technologies--as well as relooking at some old ideas--to create greener approaches to modern life.
Green Community Book
Expand your knowledge of content from Green Community by purchasing a copy of this publication. Edited by National Building Museum curator, Susan-Piedmont Palladino and Timothy Mennel, APA Planners Press senior editor, this book features essays by planning, development, agricultural policy, and public health experts from around the world.
Plus, hear from the contributors to the Green Community book in the Green Community podcast series produced by the American Planning Association.
Take a tour of the Green Community exhibition.
Exhibition curator Susan Piedmont-Palladino gives you an introductory tour of the Green Community exhibition in this online video. Watch the video.
American Society of Landscape Architects
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
Donald A. Capoccia
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
National Endowment for the Arts
Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP
Turner Construction Company,
In Recognition of the Service of Turner's Green Building Advisory Board
Christine Ervin, christine ervin/company
Jerry Lea, Hines
Vivian Loftnes, Carnegie Mellon University
Paul von Paumgartten, Jonson Controls
Rafael Pelli, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
AECOM: DMJM H&N, EDAW, ERA, HSMM
The Durst Organization
FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, LLP
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Nixon Peabody LLP
Envision Design PLLC
KISHIMOTO.GORDON.DALAYA Architecture PC
Terrapin Bright Green
Sustainable Communities Lecture Series Sponsor
Official Media Partner