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TH!NK NET ZERO

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KIRA HUNT

A "PUF" OF INSPIRATION
Towards net zero neighbourhoods
Sign

If the goal is to generate as much
material as we consume, where
are those ongoing inputs going to
come from?

Shared
Garden
Plots

Shed

1

Heart of the
Garden

Water Collection
from Barn Roof

EN_
ONE COLD SPRING morning in 2013, I was joined by two eager
volunteers to lay out the pathways for our new community
garden, Prairie Urban Farm (PUF). Creating hexagons on a giant
scale is a simple matter really. Using wooden stakes and long
strings of the same length, we laid out the points like children
playing with a giant compass. Soon thereafter, this bare patch of
weeds and dirt took on a new life - animated by the multitude of
characters that created and tended the space.
I, too, was a PUF volunteer, having applied my new skills as
a recent LAT graduate to design the space. Located on the
University of Alberta's South Campus in Edmonton, PUF was
designed to be a demonstration farm to test sustainable mixedcrop food systems. Its director, Dr. Debra Davidson, is a specialist
in transitions in energy and food systems. Little did I know that
this community experience would later be important to my work
with IBI Group and its research into Net Zero Neighbourhoods.

1 PLANNING THE PRAIRIE URBAN FARM ON THE UNIVERSITY
OF ALBERTA SOUTH CAMPUS, EDMONTON

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THE NET ZERO PROJECT
The IBI project started as a broad investigation of net
zero strategies and gradually expanded into an extensive
examination of cost-effective first steps for building
sustainable communities. Net zero communities are designed
to balance the use and generation of energy, averaged on
a yearly basis. The community scale is a practical size for
examination: an entire city is just too big to change as a single
unit, and a single building impacts the lives of only a few users.
As well, neighbourhoods are commonly designed holistically
and can produce larger emergent patterns as neighbours
interact and learn from each other.
Like the old-school motto "reduce, reuse, recycle," achieving
net zero requires efficiency first. Waste, simply put, is a
material that has been poorly utilized, so using efficient, local
systems and recovering as much as possible are excellent
places to start. Net zero systems also need to consider water
and material use. After all, energy is required to collect, modify,
and move these resources around.
TO FEED A VILLAGE
Balancing energy and water use are well-understood
concepts; applying net zero thinking to material use is trickier
though. If the goal is to generate as much material as we
consume, where are those ongoing inputs going to come from?
The 100-mile diet? How about the 1 mile diet! Food is a
pervasive and persistent material input of human communities.
Growing food close to home just makes sense, reducing
long-distance transportation, prolonged refrigeration, and
single-use packaging. A community garden can significantly
reduce a community's material inputs - which brings us back
to PUF.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CONVERSATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CRITIQUE
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