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Conservation & Recreation

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]

Restoring an Urban Stream

June 16, 2016 by William Carson

Smack dab in the middle of New Belgium’s east coast brewery site is a creek that drains approximately 150 acres of West Asheville into the French Broad River. This watershed is one of the most urbanized in Asheville, so the creek experiences large swings in water levels since water runs off of urbanized surfaces much faster than if they...[read more]

Conserve Water at Home: A Closer Look Into Which Rooms Use The Most Water, and How to Save It

June 13, 2016 by Greenhouse Gnome

The average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day. You may think you can’t possibly consume that much water each day, but you’d be surprised at how quickly your use adds up. As many areas around the country face water shortages, it’s up to all of us to do whatever we can to find ways to save this precious resource...[read more]

Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

June 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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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]

Save the Drop! L.A. Achieves 16% Reduction in Water Consumption, but Misses the Mark

June 8, 2016 by The Global Grid

Flowing fountains, full swimming pools, and luscious landscapes disguise and downsize L.A.’s short water supplies. The truth is that Los Angeles doesn’t have much water. Only about 11% of Los Angeles’ water supply is local; the remaining 89% is piped in from Northern California and the Colorado River. About 600,000 acre-feet from the...[read more]

A Vision for Equitable Community Development

June 7, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Mural, Village of Arts and Humanities / Jared GreenIn the 1960s, amid rampant gang violence, drug crime, and white flight, Arthur Hall, a dancer and choreographer, created the Ile Ife Black Humanitarian Center in the poor and mostly African American community of Fairchild-Hartranft in north Philadelphia. The center successfully taught...[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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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]

Why activism matters when designing public space

May 17, 2016 by Cape Town Partnership

Four active citizens applying lessons learnt in the past to South Africa’s present day urban landscape and agree that more people should be included in the way we design cities. Marcela Guerrero Casas (Co-founder and Managing Director, Open Streets Cape Town), Hedwig Crooijman-Lemmer (Urban Designer, GAPP Architects and Urban...[read more]

Stormwater in Parks: Is There Reason to Worry?

May 13, 2016 by City Parks Blog
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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 fourteenth installment in a series of 20 posts.When a park is doing double duty as both a recreation space and water management...[read more]

How public spaces will help change cities for the better

How to make cities more livable for people? How to create good, inclusive and accessible public spaces for all?I’m not an urban planner nor an architect. I’m not a sociologist or an anthropologist either. But based on my personal experience, I can tell why public spaces are important in people’s lives. Just close your eyes for a second...[read more]

Designing New Water-Smart Parks: Two Stories From California

April 27, 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 eighth installment in a series of 20 posts.When it comes to green infrastructure, the easiest parks to work with are new ones —...[read more]