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Urban Planning

"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]

Our Interaction with Nature Doesn’t End When We Age

March 16, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Senior care facility, Phoenix, AZ / Dr. Lori ReynoldsWhen an older person loses their cognitive and motor functions, how do they maintain a connection to nature? This is the central question for Dr. Lori Reynolds, a clinical professor of occupational therapy, and landscape architect Brad Smith, ASLA. For a senior care facility in Phoenix...[read more]

The Shift Towards Nature-based Recreation

March 16, 2017 by William Carson

Four Principles to be on the Cutting EdgeThe most prominent national recreation trend to emerge in the past 10 years, is the shift away from organized sports-oriented recreation to nature-based recreation. Demand for trails, wildlife viewing, and other nature-based recreation activities have nearly doubled in the past 20 years.  In...[read more]

US scores D+ in infrastructure report card

March 13, 2017 by Construction Dive

The mark from the American Society of Civil Engineers remains unchanged from 2013, but the amount needed to repair infrastructure has risen by $1 trillion.[read more]

De-Prioritizing the Car

March 9, 2017 by Roy Symons

 Almost every community planning document stresses the need to achieve a mode-shift away from the private automobile towards a more sustainable and equitable transportation network. That's easy if you're starting from scratch, but in established locations less so. With endless money and no regard for neighboring residents, it's...[read more]

Please Be Seated

March 8, 2017 by City Parks Blog

The good news is that benches aren’t the only seating possibility in our parks and public spaces.[read more]

Leeds’ Urban Renewal Brings Trees to the City CentreSilva Cell Case Study

March 7, 2017 by Leda Marritz

The City of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is the second largest legal and financial center in the UK, as well as one of its most rapidly growing cities. In recent years, Leeds’ City Council has undertaken major urban renewal and redevelopment initiatives to help strengthen the local economy and to continue to develop the city as a...[read more]

The Creative Culture of Parks: Moving from Pop-ups to Permanent

March 6, 2017 by City Parks Blog

Can pop-up parks and public space projects trigger investment in new public parks? Is there a role for community-generated projects in the formal planning process?[read more]

Turning Trash Talk into Action: A Story of Ibadan, Nigeria

March 3, 2017 by Ivan Bruce

A new blog analyzes Ibadan’s solid waste problem and the ways in which local government can leverage the private sector to create a better waste removal and management system.[read more]

The Placemaking Factor in Philanthropy and Funding

March 3, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Place defines who we are as individuals and as a society who we are or what we want, as much as our social networks and political beliefs.[read more]