The global 'environmental awakening' and growing awareness of sustainable and green design practices has made us all more cognizant of consumption behaviors, resource allocation, climate change, ecological and environmental degradation and rapid urbanization. It reminds us that to fully understand, design and construct responsible development, an artful and scientifically balanced approach must occur. In this vein, EDSA is placing a renewed emphasis on performance-based analysis to generate responsible and informed design alternatives with added benefits for our clients and the profession as a whole.

Our goal in formalizing and integrating performance outcomes in our design approach is to encourage an evolution in thought with an increased focus on creating and collecting measurable data against which to benchmark design. Our framework outlines a process that helps project teams design places that support, encourage and create healthy, natural, social and economically viable systems and environments.

A global transition toward performance-based design has been facilitated by a number of green building programs such as the highly recognized United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) CSI program that encourages academic research related to sustainability. These analytical programs have been a tremendous catalyst for shaping resource efficient design and how the environment is perceived by end-users.

While the criteria measured through these programs is well established, EDSA continues to develop our own relative scale of performance-based measurement to inform the design process and produce sustainable end results. By identifying goals for site performance early in the process, we can help guide the functional aspects of master planning and landscape architecture where emphasis is placed on an inclusive, integrative approach to sustainability. It is at this crossroads of design, technology, strategy, and sense of place that EDSA is focusing.

EDSA is building upon our established, knowledge-based practice to shape the built environment and influence industry trends and community expectations. We continue to seek improvement through our work, case studies and lessons learned so that our clients receive more than a beautiful composition — they understand how the landscape performs and adds value to their project.

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The Estates at Acqualina will offer Miami's most exquisite beachfront living experience. Drawing inspiration from the Italian Renaissance vernacular, the charm of this signature period is embodied throughout the site with private gardens, formal landscapes, classic water features and broad lawns providing form and function.

Landscape architectural entry statements extend to the street frontage creating an inviting gateway with a Mediterranean style water feature that emanates grandeur and purpose. A sense of discovery is created by the gently sloped, meandering entry drive, lined by a Sea grape allée, which leads to the gatehouse unveiling a central amenity Villa, the heart of the project; and two residential towers, each with separate arrival courtyards. To the east, guests are greeted by a formal pool with sweeping views to the ocean. Flanking the Villa, residents will experience a sense of place in the lush gardens and intimate spaces. A lower level amenity deck, accessed by a grand staircase, opens to an oceanfront bar. The lower amenity deck also has a surf generator pool, plunge waterslide, lap pool and an outdoor multi-use recreational court. Lawns with ample seating transition residents from the amenity deck onto the spectacular beach.

The comprehensive theme blends outdoor spaces together to create a beautiful sanctuary of fantastic pools, spas, garden structures and spectacular water features for this oceanfront residence. EDSA is providing conceptual design through construction administration services.

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Doug Smith, EDSA President, was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal's 'Dream Space' column where he shared his special inspirational place in an article entitled, "Bridge to New Ideas”. His choice for relaxation and motivation was the rural landscape in his home town of Perry, Iowa. With a close connection to the environment and nature, Doug, on his trips back home, often rides the High Trestle Trail, which consists of a series of railway beds that have been repurposed as bike paths. It's here that he finds solace and nostalgia, reconnecting him with his agricultural roots and clearing his mind for new ideas, business expansion strategies and design innovations. The Wall Street Journal has a print circulation of 2,294,093 and an online edition that reaches 18,263,267.

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