What began as a Nature in Neighborhoods design competition has morphed into a movement! Integrating Habitats' design principles, images and ideas show how our cities, buildings and backyards can improve water quality and provide valuable wildlife habitat.
Growing populations. Rapid development. Increased pressure on natural areas, clean rivers, streams and valuable fish and wildlife habitat. How can we balance development and growth with conservation and livability?
Blend. Balance. Integrate. Collaborate to redefine the built environment and restore nature. Integrating Habitats showcases innovative, visionary development practices that combine and balance design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.
Metro's Integrating Habitats design competition challenged multi-disciplinary teams to explore a new type of design that balances development, human needs and the health of natural systems we all depend on. Hundreds of architects, landscape designers, biologists, ecologists, builders, developers and students from around the world responded. In each of the award-winning designs, the needs of wildlife, people and the planet are holistically considered and balanced in plans we can build today.
The competition catalyzed a region-wide movement that places habitat protection and restoration within our most important development goals. Every space in which we live, work, shop and play can create places for both people and nature! Now, there is tremendous interest, momentum and opportunity in merging ecology and design in ways that make our urban areas healthy, vibrant places for people, fish and wildlife.
You don't have to be an architect, developer or design professional to understand the distinctive spirit and fundamental values of Integrating Habitats' designs. They illustrate new types of nature-friendly development and create new choices for sustainable living at home, in our communities and throughout our region:
Community. Safety. Family. Health. Nature. What we connect to and value shapes our quality of life. Nature-friendly development practices provide new ways to connect our actions to our values as we improve our neighborhoods, streets, natural areas, and backyards.
Changes to how development sites are planned and built can protect nature and provide healthy places for people, fish and wildlife now and for generations to come.
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The Integrating Habitats design competition called for innovative, visionary design proposals that combined design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.