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10 Lessons in More Engaging Citizen Engagement

October 26, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Public Participation

As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, or tensions around gentrification and density are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need.[read more]

The Enduring Appeal of Oehme, van Sweden’s “New American Garden”

October 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The default American landscape before game-changing landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden & Associates (OvS) came along was a great expanse of lawn, really an ecological wasteland, with perhaps a fringe of flowers. But all of that changed with James van Sweden and Wolgang Oehme’s New American Garden style, which burst onto the scene in the early 1960s.[read more]


Wild Gift Climate Change Collective Fellowship: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2015 by Carrie Douglas

Are you 21-35? Do you have a WILD idea to change the world? Need some help translating your vision to reality? Wild Gift supports Better World Entrepreneurs through a 16-month Fellowship Program. Using wilderness immersion experiences as a springboard combined with mentoring, seed funding and a collaborative network of support, our unique Fellowship fosters grit, integrity and know-how critical to the long-term success of their groundbreaking ventures.[read more]

Toronto’s Park People: Making Sense of Community Engagement in the Parks Business

October 13, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Involving citizens and communities in the process of managing city parks may represent a new way of doing business for public park agencies, but it is an increasing necessity to have a constituency that supports and advocates for what the agency does. How a parks department is organized to accept and use different kinds of resources – including funding and volunteer support – will require unprecedented collaboration between the networks of public, private, and philanthropic actors, with a strong community base. Cities across the U.S. are coming to understand this, and so are some of our neighbors to the north.[read more]

Measuring Public Space Engagement

October 9, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Capturing the total number of people occupying seating throughout the day gives a quick overview of the space’s daily use patterns. It serves as an initial level of understanding of the effectiveness of the space and answers the basic question if a space is even being used and if so to what extent. Managers of the space can immediately comprehend which areas may need further level of study and/or when and if they need to add additional programming or initiate potential design changes.[read more]


Cloud Computing: Understanding the Environmental Benefits of Modern Technology

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Environmental sustainability is an essential aspect that many businesses are taking advantage of. As the world becomes more conscious of their contribution to the demise of natural resources, many have begun to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by going green[read more]

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]