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Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

How Much Energy Did Super Bowl LI Use? The Answer May Surprise You

February 17, 2017 by Brooke Nally

Everything’s bigger in Texas. So given that the Super Bowl is already one of the biggest nights in sports, this year’s Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, is sure to be one to remember for football fans across the nation. And while the Super Bowl event does use up a lot of energy with its enormous stadium, electrifying...[read more]

5 Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels

February 10, 2017 by Brooke Nally

 Saving money on your utility bill, reducing your carbon footprint, and improving your home’s value—the advantages of going solar are appealing for most homeowners. While most people can benefit from installing solar panels, some roof styles, home locations, and other factors impact how much energy you can generate and how...[read more]

The Evolution of Green Urbanism

February 6, 2017 by Dean Saitta

The evolution of urban planning has been the subject of several recent museum exhibitions, blog posts, books, and infographics. These representations of planning history are useful for several reasons. They remind us of where we are and how we got here. They stimulate debate about the people and ideas chosen for inclusion as well as...[read more]

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Trento, Italy: a Renaissance city imagines its future

January 27, 2017 by IEEE Standards Association

A global trend towards urbanization is placing increased emphasis on making the world’s cities more livable. Diverse efforts are underway to accomplish this goal, including the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. This article is a summary of the smart city developments in the city of Trento, Italy.[read more]

Infrastructure as Permaculture

January 20, 2017 by Tyler Caine

The majority of the developed, American landscape has been crafted around automotive transport. As auto technology matured, increasing amounts of resources and area have been devoted to expanding and solidifying our road network. The result has often been environments that are built for a monoculture of cars and their passengers rather...[read more]

A Smart Streetscape for a High-Tech Corridor

January 13, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Kendall Square, before / Klopfer Martin Design Group Kendall Square, after / Christian Phillips PhotographyKendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the center of technological innovation on the East Coast. But you would have never known that walking the broken-down, dated, 1980s-era brick streets. Home to MIT, Google, Microsoft,...[read more]

Tackling Sustainable Development One Step at a Time

January 12, 2017 by Kathryn Thomsen

If you were helping to internalize ideas about sustainable development into the minds and activities of those you live or work with – family, friends, customers, clients, co-workers, students and bosses – how would you tackle such a challenge? I’ve been noticing some creative ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals...[read more]

Key Concepts for Tree-Friendly Design

January 9, 2017 by Leda Marritz

As a consulting arborist, I am often called upon to diagnose and help “sick” trees in a landscape. The primary cause of health problems for many of the trees I look at are related to impacts from a landscape renovation or home remodel. Despite best intentions, many bad things can happen to trees during development or landscaping.Here are...[read more]

How Solar Power Can Improve Air Quality in Urban Areas

December 21, 2016 by Brooke Nally

From recycling to hybrid cars, it has gotten cheaper and easier to curb the damage our long-term reliance on fossil fuels has done to the environment. For those of us who live in densely populated areas, we’re reminded of the impact nearly every time we look up at the sky. Layers of smog and trapped, dirty air are becoming more common in cities across the nation.[read more]

A Culture of Energy Efficiency Begins at School

December 14, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

An innovative program called the Better Buildings Challenge is creating a culture of energy efficiency while helping schools save more than a little money. The program provides a living laboratory for educating youth about energy use, data, and technology while also putting money back into shrinking budgets.Crystal...[read more]

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A Common-Sense Solution to Hurricane Devastation

December 9, 2016 by Gary Seider

In what’s already been a dangerous tropical storm season, Hurricane Matthew’s recent ravaging of the southeast is putting 2016’s run of dangerous weather into rarified air. When it’s all said and done, CoreLogic believes Matthew’s path of property destruction will cost $4 million to $6 million. The disaster caps off a season that occurred five months ahead of schedule when, in January, Hurricane Alex descended upon the northeast. Tropical Storm Bonnie followed in mid-May, making this the second time in four years that two storms formed before the official start of hurricane season in June. With the threat of Atlantic hurricanes seemingly on the rise, it’s worth having a conversation about what can be done to mitigate the devastation.[read more]