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Landscape architecture, Sustainable design -- Oregon -- Portland, Green roofs (Gardening)


Interview of Laurel McDonald by Chloe Collins at MacDonald Environmental Planning on November 29th, 2006.

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Laurel MacDonald is a landscape architect, who grew up in Spokane, Washington. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and has over 30 years of experience. In 1982 she founded the landscape architecture firm, Macdonald Environmental Planning, P.C. Her work focuses on healing environments and hospitals, with specialization on healing gardens, eco-roofs, and sustainable designs.


Laurel Macdonald-Bonnell works and owns Macdonald Environmental Planning, PC, a design firm in Portland and Bend that focuses on landscape architecture design. Her definition of sustainability is something that doesn’t require a lot of energy to maintain. Her firm’s motto is “healthy people, healthy communities, and healthy environment.” Her firm has been greatly involved in healing environments within hospitals, providing eco-roof/green spaces for patients to be relieved from stress (which promotes a better healing environment). According to Macdonald-Bonnell, creating a good design for this purpose is very rewarding as it helps to make the community more conscious of the necessity of involving nature in everyday life.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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