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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]

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]

(Some) Nurseries Talk Back about Tree Root Quality

December 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

This summer we surveyed arborists and designers about the issues they encountered buying trees free from uncorrectable root defects. We published the results of that survey on this blog.To review: nursery-grown trees, especially those in containers, can have root defects such as girdling, circling and diving roots which contribute to...[read more]

Preserving Green Spaces and Waterways in Atlanta

December 5, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

Paving paradise to put up parking lots, roads and houses to keep up with the growing population in metro Atlanta (now over five million) has compromised the city’s green spaces and waterways over the past several decades.Keeping up with urban development’s impact on water quality has led to massive investments in stormwater...[read more]

How Climate Benefits from Trees Scale with Cities

November 30, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Trees influence meteorological and climatic effects at all scales of a city, from pocket parks to entire neighborhoods. However, while research has been done on the effect of trees canopies on urban environments, in general, we are only now beginning to understand how urban canopies affect climate at all scales of the city – from an...[read more]

Sustainable Packaging Coalition debuts new How2Compost label

November 29, 2016 by Waste Dive

Dive Brief:The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), in partnership with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), has debuted a new How2Compost label to give consumers more information about disposal options for products, as reported by Packaging World.Products with the label will be BPI-certified as compostable in...[read more]

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No-Mow Transformations

November 23, 2016 by Matt Scandale

Cities are boldly transforming their landscapes on tiny budgets with the No-Now approach.[read more]

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Great Green Landscaping Practices to Promote Sustainability

November 21, 2016 by Megan Nichols

Green landscaping isn’t just about choosing the plants, flowers, and shrubbery that are the most aesthetically pleasing. This type of gardening methodology looks at the synergistic relationship of choosing the right plants, your water use and the reduction of resources needed to maintain your lawn. In essence, you are a creating your own ecosystem that is rich in the biodiversity of your location.[read more]

The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

November 16, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In theory, a neighborhood park serves everyone, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee people will use it. There’s a gender gap and an age gap when it comes to park use, according to a national survey conducted of more than 170 neighborhood parks in 25 U.S. cities, stretching from coast to coast.The RAND Corporation study...[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[read more]

Environmental Justice a Growing Concern Among Landscape Architects

November 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Shanghai / FlickrEnvironmental justice, which is about ensuring everyone benefits equally from nature, is a “growing concern” among landscape architects across the globe, said Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop. For example, in the ASLA 2016 Student Awards, 68 percent of the award-winning designs focused on issues of environmental...[read more]