Planning + Design

It is an opportunity missed when, in planning and design, ecological systems and services go unrecognized as the essence of sustainability.

The quality of our environment, and the ecosystem services we enjoy, are the by-product of the development plans and designs of the professional community AES is honored to serve.

In our generation, urban land planning has begun to engage with the time-honored natural design concepts of pioneers such as Frederick Law Olmstead.  Also in our generation, thought-leaders understand the wisdom of Dr. Aldo Leopold, pioneer of the science of ecology.

Today, AES brings together the planner and ecologist, artist and scientist, to create sustainable, healthy places for people, fish, birds, pollinators, and all things living.

From regional planning to site design, our specialists in ecology, landscape architecture, planning, environmental engineering, and geospatial technology assist planning teams and clients in projects with sensitive ecological issues and opportunities.

  • Regional Land Planning
  • Ecological Site Design
  • Waterfront Development Planning
  • Restoration Design/Build
  • Geospatial Mapping + Imaging Services
  • Public Outreach + Education

Approach

AES offers a blend of science and art in designing native landscapes that integrate ecosystem services and ecological functions with a more traditional aesthetic approach.  Our concepts of eco-functional design rest not only on the time-honored precepts of landscape architecture but they also draw from the wellspring of ecological science and the Land Ethic espoused by Aldo Leopold.

AES design follows a process of initial inventory of natural and built features, a scientific assessment of current conditions and land-uses, an informed understanding of historical conditions, and an artful design approach that delivers the aesthetic desired and the sustainable, ecological benefits that are practical to achieve.

 


Planning + Design Portfolio

Chicago River Development

Chicago River Development

Des Moines Tomorrow Plan

Des Moines Tomorrow Plan

Don River

Don River

Lincoln Park North Pond

Lincoln Park North Pond

Lucas Museum

Lucas Museum

Pier 53

Pier 53

St. Louis Arch

St. Louis Arch

Valley View Park

Valley View Park

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