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Urban Planning

A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor

January 13, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Kendall Square, before / Klopfer Martin Design Group Kendall Square, after / Christian Phillips PhotographyKendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known that walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets. Home to MIT, Google, Microsoft,...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

How Data Can Change The Way Our Cities Operate

January 11, 2017 by Daniel Malak

 We’ve all experienced the frustration of being stuck in traffic, even going out of the way to avoid peak transit times and impacted areas. Instead of walking or driving longer distances, we ask a bigger question– can cities do anything to change their traffic problems?The simple answer is yes, and here’s how:Identify what kind of...[read more]

Use Video to Tell the Story of Landscape Architecture

January 10, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Landscape architecture is well behind the curve of using video to distinguish itself in the digital age, a trend I don’t see changing anytime soon. However, the opportunity is there for the taking. And if you don’t watch out, other design professions will seize the moment before landscape architects do. We’ve already had Architecture...[read more]

Key Concepts for Tree-Friendly Design

January 9, 2017 by Leda Marritz

As a consulting arborist, I am often called upon to diagnose and help “sick” trees in a landscape. The primary cause of health problems for many of the trees I look at are related to impacts from a landscape renovation or home remodel. Despite best intentions, many bad things can happen to trees during development or landscaping.Here are...[read more]

10 Awesome Things that Happened in 2016

January 2, 2017 by Jillian Glover
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As 2016 draws to a close, we reflect on the highlights, surprises, challenges and tragedies of the year that was. If we are to believe popular opinion, 2016 was a terrible year.[read more]

New Ways to Speak with Trees for Earth Lovers

December 27, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

  What do you think about when you see beautiful trees dripping with lush green loveliness? On your walks in the park or forest do you feel like running up to that big old tree and wrapping your arms around it? Have you tried? Did you look around to make sure nobody was watching? I’m willing to bet there’s plenty others...[read more]

Time is Running Out and the Carbon Clock is Ticking Away

December 22, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

As our beautiful blue planet continues spinning deep in space, we humans down here on the ground are grappling with whether or not climate change is within our control. Meanwhile, the carbon clock is rapidly ticking away...[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

Proposed Massachusetts air regulations target 80% decarbonization by 2050

December 20, 2016 by Utility Dive

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R)'s Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft of new clean air regulations to address greenhouse gas emissions, seven months after the state's Supreme Court ruled it was not doing enough to cut them.[read more]

First multifamily project opens under MA's Workforce Housing Initiative

December 16, 2016 by Construction Dive

Work has started on the 71-unit Gateway North project in Lynn, MA, north of Boston, which is the first development to be funded under MassHousing’s $100 million Workforce Housing Initiative[read more]

Fresh Ideas for Infrastructure

December 16, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Self-driving Uber in Pittsburgh / The Washington PostWith President-elect Trump coming into office vowing to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure, many cities and states see a potential bonanza for high-speed rail development, bridge and highway repair, and, hopefully, urban transportation networks. As former Pennsylvania governor Ed...[read more]