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Conservation & Recreation

Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Nature – And Ourselves [VIDEO]

Where shouldn't you send this man?

How to reduce the environmental impact from the site selection process for buildings, and achieve the Sensitive Land Protection credit for the LEED v4 BD+C rating systems. Also, learn how to utilize tools such as the NRCS web based soil surveys, FEMA Flood Map Service Center, and NatureServe.[read more]

A Small, New York Farm That's Single-handedly Dismantling Oppressive Food Systems

July 15, 2015 by Shareable .

Souls on fire!

On a small farm in Grafton New York, a group of people are dismantling oppressive food systems in low-income communities and getting farm-fresh produce to people with limited access to healthy food. It's taught 500 young people about farms, leadership and restorative justice, and delivered 3,980 boxes of fresh veg and eggs to families.[read more]

How Art Reveals the World of Trees and Our Changing Relationships With Them

July 15, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Love trees

A review of Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees, an exhibition on view at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University. The Arts Center is a beacon for global arts and culture in Silicon Valley. On this most recent visit, I was pleased to see that the Cantor was also making some effort to be a beacon for our relationship with nature.[read more]

How to Quantify the Stormwater Benefits of Trees Part 1: Overview of Models and Calculators

July 14, 2015 by Leda Marritz

They soak up water, don't they?

Trees can provide significant stormwater benefits and can be integrated even into the densest urban areas. Many cities have tree requirement ordinances. The use of Tree Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) is rapidly growing, so there is also a growing need to quantify tree stormwater benefits. Here's how.[read more]

Must We Put a Monetary Value On Nature In Order to Save It?

July 8, 2015 by Ceri Margerison

Valuing our Life Support Systems

Researchers, business leaders and policymakers gathered this week in London for the launch of the Natural Capital Initiative’s “Valuing our Life Support Systems” summit report. Placing a value on nature, regardless of whether it is expressed in monetary terms, is not a neutral act, but is in itself a value-laden, political decision that can be contested.[read more]

The Life and Legacy of Richard Haag, Influential Landscape Architect

July 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Richard Haag: Influential

An appreciation of Richard Haag’s nearly five decade-long careers as a landscape architect, activist, and teacher in the context of changes in the practice of landscape architecture in the U.S., providing a lens through which landscape architects can study urban ecological design.[read more]

Untamed and Unleashed: Landscape Architecture and the Meaning of 'Wild'

July 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

An eye for cover design

Introducing LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus), a new interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Its provocative first issue, LA+ WILD, explores the shifting concept of “wild.” In the midst of the 21st century’s global environmental crisis, what is truly wild?[read more]

Re-Imagining the Civic Commons [Video]

July 1, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Carol Coletta and Regina Myer.

Civic assets are public spaces, including libraries, parks, trails, plazas and community centers. In the last 10 years, worldwide, public space has acquired renewed interest relating to the sustainability of cities. Public space is now regarded as an essential ingredient in urban development.[read more]

12 Answers to the Question of How Science Can Better Inform Your Evidence-Based Practice

July 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Feeding each other's work

10 scientists and 10 practitioners walk into a bar: what would they talk about? How can research and knowledge generation be co-created to better support practitioners and evidence-based decision making? Every month we feature a Global Roundtable in which a dozen or so people respond to a specific question in The Nature of Cities.[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

Count Me In: Urban Greening and the Return of Primates in Kampala

June 29, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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Monkeying about in the city

In this article, I present a case of a municipally initiated effort to ‘green’ the city of Kampala with the motive of addressing climate change mitigation. This initiative has its good aspects, enhancing green patches and biodiversity, but also comes with problems depending on the choice of species planted for greening the city.[read more]

Four Months to Dream Up a Smart City Plan for Mumbai

From slumdogs to smart canines?

How can Mumbai become a Smart City that the nation is proud of? The recently published Draft Development Plan (DP) for Mumbai was so poorly received by various stakeholders that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped it and it has to be reworked in just four months.[read more]