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2012 AILA National Landscape Architecture Award: Research and Communication

LESS (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability scoring System) by Hassell

Jury comment

The LESS (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability scoring System) is a design decision-making framework developed to generate sustainable design solutions that lessen emissions, use of resources, and social disparity. LESS allows mapping, measuring and monitoring of sustainability in urban areas and integrates four domains: social, infrastructure, governance and environmental, to allow for a triple bottom-line assessment, and identifies strengths and weaknesses in both the built environment and society to allow diagnosis of problems and successes in policy and planning.

LESS will be an invaluable tool for all levels of governance, and for landscape architects and planners, as it does not function as a ratings tool, but rather, and more importantly, as a means by which to identify opportunities for further development.

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Published online: 14 Aug 2012
Images: Hassell, Hassell, Holopoint, University of Adelaide

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Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2012

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