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3 Innovations to Reduce the Impact of e-Waste & Landfills

August 18, 2016 by Andrew Armstrong

As municipalities around the world struggle with waste management and an ever-growing amount of trash in landfills, new technology offers ways to biodegrade more products and to convert toxic methane gases into energy.[read more]

Architecture of Place: Buildings that Work for People

August 17, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Some may be surprised to hear PPS echoing a version of the modernist mantra “form ever follows function,” but it’s important for us to remember what that phrase is really all about. When it was first coined by Louis Sullivan, it was a humanist idea...[read more]

The Age Old Question: Does Green Power Cost More? Of Course (Not)

August 17, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Nobody likes paying more than they should. And my dad is a CPA, so this is definitely true for me, too.But this barrier is not unique to renewable electricity. The same expectation is true for most non-luxury goods and services.Yet I still hear the...[read more]

Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits

August 16, 2016 by Leda Marritz

When we talk about the value of urban trees and soils as a stormwater management tool, the contribution of the trees is often considered secondary. Soil will, of course, store significant amounts of runoff all on its own. However, new research...[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]

Placemaking on Main Street: Revitalizing Rural Communities

August 15, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

 In the small Saskatchewan town of Maple Creek (pop. 2,500), residents gather on Jasper Street in the downtown’s Historic District |Photo by Town of Maple CreekMany residents of small towns and rural communities care deeply about the future of...[read more]

Do Green Streets Actually Work for Stormwater Management?

August 22, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Green Streets have become a more common feature of the urban landscape in cities and towns across the United States and abroad. And for good reason: they provide substantial value in community aesthetics, redevelopment, livability and environmental compliance. You may know from personal experience or previous blog posts that water...[read more]

The Mesmerizing “Liquid Shard” Brings Pershing Square Back to Life

August 18, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The moribund Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles briefly came back to life over the past few weeks, thanks to artist Patrick Hearn’s monumental and mesmerizing Liquid Shard, which is made of holographic mylar and monofilament and spans some 15,000 square feet. Riding invisible wind currents, the piece undulates along a span 15...[read more]