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Can Parks Do Double Duty? Philadelphia Shows How

July 26, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Can a park be both a stormwater management unit and a recreation area? With proper negotiation, conversation, and careful planning, yes! However, it’s not common that goals easily jibe and that multiple benefits are received enthusiastically by every constituent. A rain garden can be beautiful, but if it replaces a soccer field, it might...[read more]

Getting Creative to Fund Water-Smart Parks

July 22, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Parks can help solve some city stormwater problems, and sometimes stormwater agencies can actually contribute funds to redesign or upgrade parks. However, stormwater funding alone is rarely sufficient for an entire park project, so it is usually necessary to piece together funding from multiple opportunities.[read more]

Making Room: Finding the Space in Urban Parks for Stormwater Management

July 20, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In all considerations of urban stormwater management, space is a factor. A prime difficulty with liberating a stream from a fortified channel is that it then requires a wider footprint – but over the years that historic floodplain has usually been covered with housing, shops or industry. Now there is an aggressive program to buy out willing sellers in the flood zone, remove built structures, and turn the land into open space.[read more]

FHWA head: Public, private sectors joining forces to advance project efficiency innovations

June 28, 2016 by Construction Dive

The Federal Highway Administration is on a mission to improve efficiency on infrastructure projects, and the private sector is playing a key role in those efforts.Led by current Administrator Gregory Nadeau and former Administrator Victor Mendez, the FHWA launched the Every Day Counts initiative in 2010. The program aims to "...[read more]

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]

Local Businesses Clash with the City of Portland Over Major Thoroughfare’s Road Diet

June 15, 2016 by The Global Grid

Local businesses along Foster Road displaying signs protesting future “road diet” projectShifting away from car-centric road development may have major support from planners, academics, social scientists and liberal think-tanks, but the transformation of a major Portland, Oregon road has brought out a sound and a fury of backlash...[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]

What it takes to unlock infeasible development land (and some thoughts on parking)

May 16, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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One of the questions that came up after my recent post about land pricing was: what is it going to take to develop underutilized land on the outskirts of city centers?So today I thought I would talk about a new development project that was also discussed at the Land & Development conference I recently attended. I think will begin to...[read more]

Vertical City Concept : How to Live a Sustainable Life

April 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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You might be wondering how to live a sustainable life. People are starting to look to the vertical city concept as a solution to this growing and unavoidable problem.[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

Want Pollinators? Plant Trees

March 29, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Thanks to widespread efforts to raise awareness of the large declines in bee and Monarch butterfly populations, most people are aware of the need to protect pollinators.  Monarch butterfly populations have declined 90% in the last 20 years. Bees and other pollinators are in trouble too. Primary causes of the drastic declines in...[read more]

Lucas Museum’s Waterfront Location Raises Land Use Questions in Chicago, Illinois

March 26, 2016 by The Global Grid

Potential alternative site for Lucas Museum in Chicago at US South Steel Works.The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is slated to open in Chicago, Illinois in 2018. Ma Yonsong of MAD Architects produced a sleek and sloping all-white design to house George Lucas’s personal collection of art, valued at over $600...[read more]