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Pros and Cons of Going Green with Thatch Roofs

March 8, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Making the Green Case for Thatched RoofsThatched roofs have been used on homes for centuries for many good reasons. They are very durable, add a unique character to the home, and are lovely to look at. Any home will attain a subtle old home style when thatch is added.The look of a new roof on a home or commercial building is vital to the...[read more]

Sustainable Homes: The Earthship

March 4, 2016 by Nick Johnson
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Homes and other buildings have a direct impact on the environment due to the construction process utilized to build them, the materials used, and the design features. Traditional homes have typically had a negative impact on the environment, contributing greenhouse gases into the air with heating, cooling, and other types of energy usage...[read more]

The Visible Hand of the Landscape Architect

March 1, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2015 Professional General Design Honor Award. The Lawn on D / Christian Phillips PhotographyGina Ford, ASLA, a landscape architect and principal at Sasaki Associates, keeps coming back to the same question: “How do we make the hand of the landscape architect visible?” Ford posed the question during a lecture at North Carolina State...[read more]

London walking guide Pt. 1: North West

February 25, 2016 by Robert Kwolek
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A London walking guide of my favorite areas is something I'd thought about for years, but never quite got around to completing. Recently I was in London, however, and was encouraged by a friend to finally make it. So here we are.[read more]

Alan Ward’s Luminous Landscapes

February 23, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

“Someone once asked the nature photographer Ansel Adams, ‘why are there no people in your photographs?’,” said Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., at the opening of Luminous Landscapes, a new exhibition featuring the landscape photography of Alan Ward, FASLA, a principal at Sasaki Associates. “Adams replied that there are always two people in his photographs — the photographer and the viewer.” Piedmont-Palladino added that in Ward’s photography of landscape architecture, there is always a third unseen person: the landscape architect. The exhibition covers landscape works from before 1900, “before the profession of landscape architecture,” then the period from 1900 to World War II, and, lastly, post-war modern and contemporary landscapes.[read more]

The Future of Salt River: Architecture Students Investigate Research Platforms for Emerging Technologies

February 16, 2016 by Future Cape Town

In November of 2015, the school of architecture at the University of Cape Town (UCT) exhibited the work of the third year students focussed on Salt River in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the characteristics and potentials of the area. Salt River is a suburb of Cape Town located near Table Bay to the east of Cape Town’s central business district. The suburb, with a large residential component, is a self-sufficient light industrial area which is historically associated with the textile industry. In recent years the edges of suburb has evolved into a commercial area and has been the topic of various urban renewal and revitalisation initiatives.[read more]

New Videos: Inside the Landscape Architect’s Studio

February 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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Each year at the ASLA Annual Meeting, some of the world’s top landscape architects and designers explain themselves in front of audiences of hundreds. These designers give in-depth presentations, explaining the logic behind their designs and their latest projects. Now, ASLA has made these presentations available online for free.[read more]

EU Offers Millions to Cities to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House ASLA 2010 Professional General Design Award. Park 20 / 20, A Cradle to Cradle Inspired Master Plan by William McDonough + Partners / DPI Animation House More than 70 percent of Europe’s population live in cities, and that number is expected to grow to 80 percent by 2050. As European cities further densify, they must find new solutions to ever-worsening problems, like congestion, pollution, and poverty. To stay ahead of these challenges, cities must remain the nexus of innovation. To ensure this happens, the European Commission (EC) just launched the Urban Innovative Actions program, which seeks bold projects that can push forward innovation in urban planning and design throughout the Union. Projects, which must be submitted by an urban government with a population of at least 50,000 people, can receive up to €5 million over three years. From now through 2020, the EC will be offering €372 million for these urban experiments.[read more]

A Visual Tour of Sustainable Urban Design Principles

February 3, 2016 by CC Huang

Our Prezi provides a visual tour of sustainable urban design, providing our rationale and key examples from China and around the world. While the 12 Green Guidelines were developed for use in China, they represent an emerging international consensus on sustainable urban development and could be used in any country.[read more]

A Quieter City Through Design and Architecture

January 28, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

"Sound matters" is not only true in the sense that consideration of sound could make spaces a lot better, it is also true that neglecting sound can make spaces a lot worse, even unhealthy.[read more]

What will make Arab Cities Sustainable?

January 25, 2016 by Ivan Bruce
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Connect4Climate and Urban Specialists from the World Bank Group were invited to present during the EcoCity World Summit held in Abu Dhabi in October last year. The conference brought together hundreds of practitioners focused on eco city development and low carbon planning from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, private sector, development organizations and students. At the conference Salim Rouhana, Urban Specialist, World Bank Group, focused his presentation on the key drivers that should be considered in urban upgrading projects[read more]

Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (January 1 – 15)

January 22, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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Highlights from landscape architecture in the news during the first two weeks of January.[read more]