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New Videos: Inside the Landscape Architect’s Studio

February 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Each year at the ASLA Annual Meeting, some of the world’s top landscape architects and designers explain themselves in front of audiences of hundreds. These designers give in-depth presentations, explaining the logic behind their designs and their latest projects. Now, ASLA has made these presentations available online for free.[read more]

Rethinking the Backyard From Seattle to Toronto

February 8, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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The Urbanist recently published a guest post, called Let Us Build Backyard Cottages, that sounds a lot like a post I wrote a few years ago, called Why It’s Next to Impossible to Get a Laneway House Built in Toronto. It’s the same story: buy house; see opportunity to build low-cost well-designed backyard cottage (or laneway house); discover the countless obstacles in front of you; give up until the land use policies become more favorable.[read more]

The Future We Want for African Cities | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

February 6, 2016 by Future Cape Town

The 7th Africities Summit theme was ambitious. It was designed to connect the available understanding of likely future trends with a considered debate about what needs to be done at the local level. In particular to address the immediate needs of service delivery, shelter, economic opportunities and safe and affordable mobility in African cities and towns.[read more]

EU Offers Millions to Cities to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House More than 70 percent of Europe’s population live in cities, and that number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2050. As European cities further densify, they must find new solutions to ever-worsening problems, like congestion, pollution, and poverty. To stay ahead of these challenges, cities must remain the nexus of innovation. To ensure this happens, the European Commission (EC) just launched the Urban Innovative Actions program, which seeks bold projects that can push forward innovation in urban planning and design throughout the Union. Projects, which must be submitted by an urban government with a population of at least 50,000 people, can receive up to €5 million over three years. From now through 2020, the EC will be offering €372 million for these urban experiments.[read more]

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]

Amsterdam Is About to Host the First Night Mayor Summit

February 3, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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What is a night mayor, you might ask? Well, just as the name suggests, a night mayor is the chief executive officer of a city’s nighttime activity. And in 2014, Amsterdam became the first city ever to have one.[read more]