The detrimental effects of climate change due to the increase of carbon emission into our atmosphere have led to several issues in our cities and impacted the health of residents. The high use of motor vehicles, the long distances of transit, and the increased number of impervious surfaces have not helped mitigate the heat island effect and water runoff. Urban landscape must be seen as a tool for fighting climate change and not just as an ornamental layer of the urban form. Successional landscapes are a rare component that is normally left out when designing open spaces, but it could be one of the most useful resources to decrease carbon emissions.
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