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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

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]

Publicizing the Benefits of Landscape Architecture

June 25, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Mia Lehrer, FASLA, wants the world to know

Mia Lehrer wants the world to know that great design + ecological principals + environmental justice = beauty + function in our cities = Landscape Architecture. Let's value it more.[read more]

Can Ornamental Plants Remain in the Gardens of California Under Drought?

June 24, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Drought-tolerant plants

With California's current drought, is there a place for ornamental gardens in the state? We’ve been studying this question for a number of years in Los Angeles and its surrounding municipalities, and here is our advice.[read more]

How Landscape Architects Can Help Create a More Resilient City

June 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Evergreen landscape design

Best practice landscape design arising from The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) Leading with Landscape symposium. Landscape architects offer perspectives on their efforts to create a more resilient city.[read more]

People Habitat: 25 Ways to think about Greener, Healthier Cities

June 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Nature, including us, in cities

A review of People Habitat: 25 Ways to think about Greener, Healthier Cities, a collection of essays by our very own writer F. Kaid Benfield: "Solidly grounded in what he sees is actually happening; he considers context, and especially how things fit together".[read more]

How Responsive Urban Design Should Take a “Landscape First” Approach

June 23, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Underestimated – landscape architecture.

A conference on landscape architecture has called for responsive urban design based in a “landscape first” approach, of balancing growth with social and environmental responsibilities, and championing the integral role landscape architects play in creating a sustainable city.[read more]

Are the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives Fit For Purpose?

June 16, 2015 by Ceri Margerison

Unpeeling the truth

The Birds and Habitats Directives, the cornerstones of European conservation legislation, are now subject to a “Fitness Check” review. At last week's annual EU Green Week, governments, NGOs, businesses and academia argued about whether the directives are fit for purpose. What does the evidence say?[read more]