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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]

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]

Making Benches Work

September 12, 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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Cutting Global Pollution One Lawn At a Time

September 8, 2016 by Rose Rennar
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Many people don’t realize that lawns are large contributors to pollution. Once we all take into account the mowers that are used to keep the grass at a certain length and the emissions that they release into the air, the gasoline that is spilled and the water waste, the numbers are almost unbelievable.[read more]

What Can I Do to Keep My Yard’s Rainwater Out of Streams?

September 6, 2016 by Leda Marritz

One of soil’s many important functions is to act like a sponge. As nature’s blanket, soil soaks up water that falls as rain or melts from snow and ice. Soil not only stores water, it also helps to filter out pollutants such as nutrients, bacteria, and sediments that may collect as water moves over the surface of the earth. Eventually,...[read more]

The Mesmerizing “Liquid Shard” Brings Pershing Square Back to Life

August 18, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The moribund Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles briefly came back to life over the past few weeks, thanks to artist Patrick Hearn’s monumental and mesmerizing Liquid Shard, which is made of holographic mylar and monofilament and spans some 15,000 square feet. Riding invisible wind currents, the piece undulates along a span 15...[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]

No Site Too Small

August 11, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Imagine you own a small vacant plot, less than a quarter acre, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Its slope and wedge shape makes it less than ideal for development, but it is not serving any purpose sitting vacant behind a fence. It gets plenty of sun exposure, has a nutrient-rich clay soil and is located next to a reservoir and...[read more]

Equity and Inclusion: Getting Down to the Heart of Placemaking

August 5, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking, a collaborative process by which we (residents, architects, activists, community leaders and planners alike) shape our public realm together, is fundamentally about inclusion and shared community ownership.[read more]

The Quest for Terrific Courtyards in Creating High-Class Density

July 30, 2016 by Timo Hamalainen

Kallio, my neighborhood in central Helsinki is a fantastic and lively place to live in. Most services are within a couple of blocks, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from, you can hang out in a number of characteristic parks, and the connections to elsewhere in Helsinki are superb. There’s little to complain about....[read more]

Parks Can Do Double-Duty as Green Infrastructure

July 29, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Historic 4th Ward Park / Beltlandia.comCity Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), makes a strong case for leveraging public parks to manage stormwater. The report offers several useful case studies that explain the challenges and opportunities involved in...[read more]

Can Parks Do Double Duty? Philadelphia Shows How

July 26, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Can a park be both a stormwater management unit and a recreation area? With proper negotiation, conversation, and careful planning, yes! However, it’s not common that goals easily jibe and that multiple benefits are received enthusiastically by every constituent. A rain garden can be beautiful, but if it replaces a soccer field, it might...[read more]