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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]

The Challenges of Providing Public Space with Private Funds

June 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Not all is well in the Civic Center Park, Denver

A number of American cities have become dependent on privately funded conservancies to maintain and refurbish their public parks. A new how-to guide for building successful relationships in such situations has been published, as several have gone wrong.[read more]

When “Parking” Meant “Making Space for Trees”

June 2, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Washington DC 1915

Once upon a time 'parking' on streets meant 'making land available for trees', as in a law passed by the US Congress on April 6, 1870 authorizing the city of Washington DC to set aside up to 50 percent of the width of a street for the creation of “parks for trees and walks”. Senate debated whether to have “the parking on either side of the street and the roadway in the center” or to have the “parking” in the center of the street.[read more]

Park Director Says Main Source of Brazil's São Francisco River Is Dry

October 15, 2014 by The Global Grid

Water Source Loss

The São Francisco basin covers five states in Brazil and experts say the biodiversity of the region is under threat. The director of the Serra da Canastra National Park, Arthur Luiz Castanheira, said in an interview that the source of the São Francisco River, located in São Roque de Minas, is now dry.[read more]


Revealed: the Best and Worst US Cities for Access to Parks

May 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Gold Medal Park, Minneapolis

Minneapolis has topped a national league in the United States for the second year running for cities whose residents have the best access to greenspace such as parks and playgrounds. The 2014 ParkScore Index ranks 60 cities according to the amount and quality of greenspace and the distance residents have to walk to access it.[read more]

Beijing’s Healthy Approach to Public Space

April 21, 2013 by Future Cape Town

public spaces in Beijing

The role of public space can vary greatly from city to city. In Beijing, public space focuses on health and community, a reflection of Chinese beliefs in balance, prevention and longevity dating back thousands of years.[read more]

Cyborgs, Sewers, and the Sensing City

July 31, 2012 by The Nature of Cities

Cities have long been seen as the antithesis – or, at least, the absence – of nature. Yet in recent years, environmentalists started rethinking their long-held prejudices against urban areas. The rise of neighborhood-based environmental justice movements, beginning in the 1980’s, forced us to confront the human side of pollution and...[read more]

Should Developers Pay For Parks?

March 1, 2012 by City Parks Blog

Residents in downtown Los Angeles are leaping for joy because a brand new park is coming to the revitalized historic core.  Spring Street Park, which broke ground last October, will be the first public park in the neighborhood.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 15,000 residents moved into downtown between 2000 and 2010,...[read more]

Interview with Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of the High Line

February 9, 2012 by The Dirt ASLA

Robert Hammond is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, the non-profit conservancy that manages the High Line, a public park built atop an abandoned, elevated rail line on the west side of Manhattan. Hammond was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation’s...[read more]

Parks Breathe Life (and Jobs) into Cities

December 23, 2011 by City Parks Blog

The South Platte River has become a cherished recreational asset for residents and visitors to Denver. Thoughtful, visionary planning and public-private partnership have restored and transformed the city’s waterfront from what was once called an “urban dump” to refuge for wildlife and people alike. Local efforts to improve the river have...[read more]

Report: Despite Funding Cuts, Urban Parks Grow

December 9, 2011 by City Parks Blog

The Trust for Public Land has released its most recent data on city park systems from across the country, showing that the 100 largest cities added more than 120 parks in the past year.Despite aggregate increases in acreage and facilities across the U.S., many city park departments are struggling with funding shortages. Operational...[read more]

5 Things I Like about Montreal

October 25, 2011 by Georgia Silvera Seamans

As you might have guessed, we like Montreal's parks. In September, I wrote about my hike in parc du Mont-Royal. See more Mont-Royal photos at our Flickr page. Other enjoyable design elements of the city include its street tree gardens, (we first wrote about them in August 2010); small squares; and infrastructure. If you followed our Where in NYC? (Subway Series), you know we like subway art. Like NYC, Montreal's Metro stations house art.[read more]