Light Imprint Initiative: A Holistic Alternative to LID (Low-Impact Development)

Front Cover of the Light Imprint Handbook, written by DPZ Charlotte.

I want to introduce you to the Light Imprint Initiative.  To my knowledge, Light Imprint (LI) was established shortly after Low Impact Development (LID) started to become a buzz word.  I was introduced to the Light Imprint Initiative at CNU Austin in 2008, but I know it was around before then.  It was conceived as a holistic solution for minimizing environmental impact on our built environments through development.  Obviously development is going to cause some impact, but what this looks at are better ways of developing to minimize the regional impacts as well as site impacts.  As an example, LID may include and show alternatives for cul-de-sacs, whereas LI discourages cul-de-sacs and the conventional suburban ideology completely.  LI is based on the principles of the new urbanism and smart growth, and actually utilizes the transect as a guide. If we construct neighborhoods that do not have diversity of home types, uses, and therefore people, is it really going to be durable and lasting?  We have seen the suburbs of 30 years ago and what they are today, this practice is not sustainable, regardless of the amount of gizmos and gadgets that the development might include.

Please don’t just take my word for it, check it out at the following link: http://www.lightimprint.org/

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