High Performance Landscapes

Microclimate Research

A geographical analysis reveals that D/FW is on the same latitude as North Africa and Baghdad. Cities that frequently serve as inspirational sources of new architectural and landscape works, such as London, Paris and Tokyo, reside on more temperate latitudes north of the 48 US states.  Temperature measurements done by Kevin Sloan Studio demonstrate that architectural shade can frequently alter the ambient air temperature more than 40 degrees during the hottest summer months in Central Texas. Moreover, shade also sustains soil hydration, which aids in the health of tree cover and accelerates their growth.