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Are Garden Cities Sustainable?

July 1, 2016 by Dean Saitta

The answer to my title’s question depends, of course, on where they’re located, how they develop, and what we mean by “sustainable.” Certainly, Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the Garden City is one of the most influential planning models produced by 20th century urbanists. It remains so today, invigorated by Peter Hall’s updating of...[read more]

A New Kind of Urban Farm in Detroit

June 17, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Penrose market garden / Jared GreenIn the Penrose neighborhood of Detroit, two landscape architects, partners in business and life, are testing out a new model: the market farm. While Detroit has acres of non-profit-run farms growing fresh fruit and vegetables that are then donated to communities, Ken Weikal, ASLA, and Beth Hagenbuch,...[read more]

Field Trip - Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea at the National Zoo

June 10, 2016 by Georgia Silvera Seamans

A couple of weeks ago we excitedly visited the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. Then the terribly sad and terrifying incident occurred at the Cincinnati Zoo and that has dampened my recollection of the National Zoo, but has also rekindled previous misgivings about zoos. I won't share photos of live animals in this post instead...[read more]

Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

June 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

A number of cities are forging deeper connections to urban wildlife, too. In Bangalore, there’s the Slender Loris project that engages citizen scientists in nighttime journeys through the city to meet these shy creatures. Austin, Texas has gone completely batty, in a good way. Underneath Congress Bridge, millions of bat fly out at dusk during the warmer months to feed. Above and below the bridge, people gather to watch the amazing exodus and sometime-murmurations. “There are now bat-watching dinner cruises.”[read more]

Your Biochar Questions, Answered

June 8, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The following post is a collection of questions and answers from the webinar with Peter MacDonaugh, FASLA, Kestrel Design Group and Kelby Fite, PhD, Bartlett Tree Laboratory.Since the quality of biochar can be so variable, how should people go about buying it and assessing its quality?KF: The International Biochar Initiative has set...[read more]

University Landscapes Teach, Too

May 31, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

University of Virginia campus / Perfect Soccer Recruit“Landscapes have long been essential to the transfer of knowledge,” said Daniel Bluestone, a professor of history, art, and architecture at Boston University at Dumbarton Oaks’ symposium on landscape and the academy. In ancient Greece, “Hippocrates taught the art of medicine under a...[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith

For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

Using Funding From Water Agencies to Help Parks

May 25, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the eighteenth installment in a series of 19 posts.Some city water agencies financially reward park agencies for collecting...[read more]

Using green infrastructure to control urban floods: a win-win for cities

April 28, 2016 by World Bank Sustainability Blog

We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”.But did you know that cities too can have a “green thumb”? Singapore is certainly one of those cities. Also known as the "garden city”, Singapore is set to become a "city in a garden”. The...[read more]

The Case for Precision in Landscape Architecture

April 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Renderings of Concurso La Carlota competition entry / Luis CallejasAccording to Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the question of whether to pursue a more regimented, process-based approach or use a more open-ended design model has occupied the field of...[read more]

Railroad Park, Birmingham

April 14, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The following is an excerpt from City Parks, Clean Water, a report by The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence that examines the role of urban parks in managing stormwater. This is the fourth installment in a series of 20 posts.Railroad Park provides a new water feature for Birmingham. (Community Foundation of Greater...[read more]

City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure

April 6, 2016 by City Parks Blog

City Parks, Clean Water explores numerous water-smart parks—both successful and unsuccessful. Through detailed case studies and interviews with experts, the report explains how cities can integrate recreation and stormwater management by creating parks that treat runoff as a multiple-benefit asset.[read more]