'Trees in Hard Landscapes': Guide for High-Performance Urban Infrastructure

A new cross-disciplinary report cites 32 case studies to offer practical solutions for integrating trees into civic spaces and surface car parks.

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October 2, 2014, 11:00 AM PDT

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CoverTrees in Hard Landscapes: A Guide for Delivery by the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) is now available. 

This new publication will be of particular interest to planners, highway engineers, and urban greening and tree specialists.

Aside from a limited number of references to the U.K. regulatory framework and funding sources, a vast majority of the recommendations provided are applicable to any urban environment. Topics covered include:

  • Integrating trees into the design and delivery process—with a strong focus on collaboration, innovation, and learning.
  • Designing with trees to achieve project objectives—thoroughly explores enabling factors for using trees to achieve water sensitive urban design, climate resilience, liveability, diversification of street users (complete streets), traffic calming, regeneration of high streets retail, and other key contemporary issues.
  • Available technical below-ground solutions for lasting, conflict-free overall success—a pragmatic and evidence-based overview of the latest approaches to resolve conflicting requirements such as load-bearing capacity, drainage, access to utilities, pavement and surfacing integrity, and tree longevity.
  • Approaches to tree species selection.

This new guide is the result of an collaboration between TDAG and UK-based professional bodies such as the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE),  the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), and the Landscape Institute (LI).

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