AILA award for HASSELL envisioning and sustainability system
The LESS System (Local-area Envisioning and Sustainability-scoring System), developed by HASSELL, has been recognised in the 2012 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards for its excellence in research and communication.
LESS is a design decision-making framework developed to generate sustainable design solutions that lessen emissions, use of resources, and social disparity. It enables integrated mapping, measuring and monitoring of sustainability in urban areas across the four domains: social, infrastructure, governance and environmental. This allows for a triple bottom-line assessment in both the built environment and society, along with diagnosis of problems, and identification of strengths, weaknesses and successes in policy and planning.
HASSELL Spatial Technologies Leader, Arvind Varshney, has driven the LESS research and development program since mid-2008. The system has been applied to several projects to elicit vital information from existing data, ranging from creating new indicators of sustainability and indices that inform strategic decision-making, to comprehensive analysis of sustainability of existing precincts and their renewal design solutions.
LESS is an invaluable decision-making tool for landscape architects, urban planners and designers, and all levels of governance. It is scheduled for public release in December 2012.
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