The Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Parish retained Conservation Design Forum to prepare a Landscape Master Plan to guide the implementation of a sustainable parish. By showcasing innovative stormwater management, energy conservation, and environmental stewardship techniques such as cleansing biotopes, green roofs, permeable paving, rainwater recycling systems, photovoltaics, and habitat restoration, Annunciation Parish demonstrates and promotes a constant striving for coexistence with the planet, rather than domination. Rainwater is collected and used to run water features, irrigation, and natural systems replenishment, which virtually eliminate the negative impact of surface water run-off and transform water into an amenity. Throughout the property, nestled within the native ecosystems, contemplation gardens give church-goers a place to rest, and worship at various Byzantine religious icons, or walk the trails and enjoy nature firsthand. The interaction of these plazas, terraces, and trails, with the re-established prairies and wetlands allows for individual interpretation of the relationship people have had with the outdoors since the beginning of time.
location: Homer Glen, Illinois
client: Annunciation Parish
award: Chicago Wilderness Excellence in Conservation Award, 2006
Native Landscape Systems
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