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Any traveler passing through San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, California will remember the sight of hundreds of wind turbines arrayed across the landscape. Nearby, solar and geothermal installations also create striking new landscapes.
Together with colleagues, ASU geographer Martin (Mike) Pasqualetti developed a framework for understanding and managing the scenic impacts of these developments in “The Renewable Energy Landscape: Preserving Scenic Values in our Sustainable Future,” published early in 2017 by Routledge. Pasqualetti co-edited the book and co-authored four of its 11 chapters.
On May 31 an award granted jointly by the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) and the Project for Public Spaces recognized the value of this work, designating it the winner of the
2017 Place Research Award," one of four Great Places Awards given annually. The award was presented at EDRA’s annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
“The submission truly exemplifies the concern for human centered place-making in the context of sustainable development and harnessing renewable energy in the era of climate change, and a commitment to promoting the links between design research and practice,” stated the EDRA Board of Directors in announcing the award.
The Great Places Award, now in its 19th year, especially seeks to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.
EDRA’s mission is to advance and disseminate research, teaching, and practice toward improving an understanding of the relationships among people, their built environments, and natural eco-systems.