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A Memorial to a Sad Future

September 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Climate Chronograph / Erik Jensen and Rebecca SunterThe winner of the Memorials for the Future competition, which was sponsored by the National Park Service, Van Alen Institute, and others, offers a depressing vision: a monument to our collective failure to stave off climate change. Climate Chronograph by Erik Jensen, Assoc. ASLA, and...[read more]

Environmentalists wary of Congress' rush to pass energy bill

September 23, 2016 by Utility Dive

More than a dozen groups have sent a letter to federal lawmakers warning that in a rush to produce an energy bill this session, Congress is still considering several proposals which could trigger pushback from environmentalists or a veto from the White House.[read more]

Smart Building Tech: Not Just about People

September 22, 2016 by GBIG Insight

David Karpook, vice chairman of the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE), recently published an article in Facility Executive, “Smart Buildings: It’s Still About The People Inside.” He writes, “No matter what the benefits and challenges are, the future of smart buildings is ultimately all about the people inside.”I’m not so...[read more]

How Big Business Can Fix a Problem of its Own Making

September 22, 2016 by Yaniv Vardi
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Our environment today exists under immense strain. It’s no secret that humanity’s current rates of consumption are unsustainable—especially in the developed world. The problem is a mix of over-demand, incredible waste, lack of regulatory oversight and poor material management. Broadly speaking, those factors share one common denominator...[read more]

One year later: Industry navigating uncharted territory to help reach 2030 food waste reduction goal

September 21, 2016 by Waste Dive

One year after the federal government announced a national goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030, the recycling industry is still figuring out how it fits into the equation.[read more]

ASLA Launches Guide to Resilient Design

September 21, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Resilient design / ASLAA new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design.According to the guide, the goal of resilient landscape planning and design is to retrofit...[read more]

Sensory Design: How Contemporary Projects Enhance Our Understanding of the Landscape

September 20, 2016 by Leda Marritz

In recent years, landscape architecture has expanded beyond traditional projects to include land art projects, community-driven designs, and creative temporary uses for urban space. The range of these projects is vast and driven by human creativity, from Richard Serra’s project ‘Viewpoint’ in Germany, to Rebar Art and Design Studio’s ‘...[read more]

A sense of the temporary

September 20, 2016 by Robert Kwolek

There is a troubling, permanent sense of the temporary in London, something you can feel in neighborhoods across the social strata, from Hackney to Kensington. This is unhealthy both for the city and its individuals because it prevents residents from putting down roots, and feeling at "home" in their city. Regular readers know...[read more]

Climate Change Readiness in Canadian Real Estate: A Snapshot

September 19, 2016 by GBIG Insight

At the 2015 Paris climate conference (COP 21), the Canadian government worked with international partners to negotiate an effective and ambitious global agreement on climate change to hold the increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement signals the urgency of transitioning...[read more]

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Smarter Streets Make Sustainable Cities

September 16, 2016 by Kurtis McBride

The path to becoming a “smart city” begins with smarter streets, which can help us use our existing transportation infrastructure more efficiently, get to work faster and decrease pollution.[read more]

Benches Can Pay Their Way

September 15, 2016 by City Parks Blog

This article has been adapted from the September 2016 issue of Parks & Recreation Magazine, the official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association. Through its pursuit of key issues, trends, and personalities, the magazine advances American parks, recreation, and conservation efforts. You can read the full-length...[read more]

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The Rise Of The Rooftop

September 14, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

When designed to maximise public benefit, and not just private gain, rooftop spaces can enhance a city’s natural environment, and improve public life. The rise of the rooftop has just begun, but with this trend we may about to see the transformation of cities across the globe.[read more]