Ways of Greening focuses on rethinking working and living spaces and understanding how "greening" can make them healthier and their occupants happier. This book teaches how to see unique ideas for spaces, and some of the materials needed to create the designs.
Famulari makes a public call to the design profession in her new book to integrate greening into everyday practice. Each individual involved in shaping the built and natural surroundings has the responsibility to lean on allied professions to create healthier places for people and this book is the recipe you'll want to follow. Inequitable access to green space was exacerbated by the pandemic. It's our responsibility to right these inequities and Famulari puts designers, planners, architects, landscape architects, and other allied professions on notice to step into the role of a change agent. Professor Famulari presents her most important lecture yet. The teachings in this book highlight the vision to easily integrate greening practice.
Whether you are new to this work, or a veteran, this book provides green selections of design interventions that can serve as inspiration for a range of contexts and applications. The time is now for greening and biophilic design – health cannot wait one more day. And Famulari shows us just how easy it can be.
-- Ashley Zidon, ASLA, AICP. Community planner, researcher, and change-maker.
This book addresses the impacts on design and the need to build an inclusive culture - detailing the how and who has access to interact with green space. Stevie's ability to challenge the status quo, specifically with how people and plants interact, is a beautiful push on our responsibility to climate change. She does an excellent job showing us how to prioritize and value plant life and its numerous positive impacts on the earth and life in every facet of daily living.
-- Janna Pea, Founder of Pea Nation, communications executive specializing in social impact campaigns and narrative change
Stevie Famulari, Gds is an artist, author, researcher, green design specialist, founder, and principal of Engaging Green and a tenured professor of Landscape and Urban Design at Farmingdale State College, SUNY, in the Department of Urban Horticulture and Design. She is a keynote speaker, has received numerous awards, and has shared information to help numerous people experience greening in new and unique ways.
Her recent installation Engaging Urban Greening was installed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. Over 1,400 seeded paper pieces (colorful papers embedded with a wildflower seed mix) were given to the public during the installation. People from DC, New York, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, California, Oregon, Nigeria, Melbourne Australia, India, Yorkshire England, and South Korea added green to their community by planting their seeded papers in the soil – creating their own living artwork.
Stevie Famulari’s designs and design research explore the relationship, extension, and application of green designs to other diverse fields to create healthy spaces for living and working. Time, change, and engagement in the process are some of the continuing themes in her works. Defying traditions as well as celebrating ecological processes, and using community and individual stories of sites are themes she is widely recognized for. With the applied art of green design combined with the science of phytoremediation, her works have aesthetic beauty as well as healing properties for both people and the environment. Her work in greening designs, research, and education can be seen nationally and internationally and includes green walls; planted roofs; green remediation designs for interior and exterior applications; designs for the Environmental Protection Agency in Colorado; Ghost Ranch Visitor Center for the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Abiquiu, New Mexico; development of green design and policies on the UNM campus; and flood control design for the Red River in North Dakota. Lectures, presentations, and exhibitions of her work have been held at Harvard University, Plains Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Natural History, UC Berkeley, MECA, UMN, NDSU, ASLA, and AIA.
Stevie Famulari’s phytoremediation database of hundreds of plants which clean the air, soil, and water of contaminants is used by the EPA, courses at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the International Phytoremediation Society, landscape architecture and engineering firms, and government agencies. She has been an investigator for grants which explore water remediation design for oil drilling and fracking processes, improvements of air quality, remediation design for communities, and interior greening applications. Her designs and design research explore the relationship, extension, and application of green designs to other diverse fields.
Stevie’s Ph.D., ABD research is at RMIT. She received her Mistress’ Degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY, with a concentration in Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts is from NYU. Stevie Famulari’s work has appeared in hundreds of books, magazines, newspapers, and television programs, including Smithsonian Magazine, Food Network Challenges, and Specials, Oakland Tribune, World Entertainment News Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Travel Channel, Good Morning America, CBS Early Morning News, Washington Post, the Post Standard, Trust for Public Land, Boston Herald, Berkeley Daily Planet, Santa Fe Reporter, and Star Tribune.