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The Future for Renewables and Our Low Carbon Ecomony

March 24, 2017 by Tyler Caine

There is no shortage of news headlines about upcoming changes in the U.S. With the presidential inauguration only just behind us, we are already seeing intense shifts in policy targeting changes in the health care system, immigration reform and the renegotiation of trade deals. In this time of transition it is important not to lose sight of what this means for the environment and the U.S.’s role in fighting global climate change.[read more]

Honda: Designing More Than Just Sustainable Cars

March 23, 2017 by Greenhouse Gnome

On the University of California’s Davis campus sits a live-in model of the future of home design. Known as the Honda Smart Home, the building boasts more than just curbside appeal. Using passive house design, rooftop solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and greywater capture, the Honda Smart Home was awarded the Best Demonstration Home of 2014 by Green Builder Media.[read more]

"This Land is Your Land" - Environmental Ownership

March 22, 2017 by Josephine Ellis

Who should 'own' the land for the sake of the environment? While tragedy of the commons begets a lack of responsibility, complete ownership confers no responsibility towards anyone or anything apart from your own interests.[read more]

Urban Soundscapes: Creating Quiet Spaces in a Roaring City

March 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

"Soundscape" re­fers to both the natural acoustic environment (animals and sounds from trees, water, weather, etc.) and sounds created by humans (human activities, sounds of mechanical origin, etc.). How can designers ensure that quiet spaces exist in the middle of a roaring city?[read more]

How Shrubs Are Used in Urban Landscape Design Plantings

March 20, 2017 by Sarah Smith

Researchers aim to show that picturesque shrub gardens are an achievable goal.[read more]

Urbanism By Any Other Name

March 17, 2017 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

In our ongoing quest for improving cities, we have come up with all manner of tactics for “good” urbanism, some of which even have organizations attached to their guiding principle. In my career, I’ve done my best to collect these approaches (so to speak) in an attempt to trace the disparate threads we in the urbanist community have woven over time.[read more]