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The Case for Precision in Landscape Architecture

April 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Renderings of Concurso La Carlota competition entry / Luis CallejasAccording to Anita Berrizbeitia, ASLA, chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the question of whether to pursue a more regimented, process-based approach or use a more open-ended design model has occupied the field of...[read more]

Sorting out Career Paths for Budding Landscape Architects

April 25, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Work and Days Symposium Participants / Katie Black and Colin CurleyThis time of year design students everywhere are asking themselves, “What’s next?” Whether weighing summer options or searching for a job post-graduation, the closing of the spring semester is  a critical moment filled with the excitement and apprehension of choosing...[read more]

Nest or cave?

April 23, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly
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I was recently introduced to the work and writing of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto. One concept that he writes about that I really like is the idea of nest vs. cave.The way Fujimoto describes a cave is that it’s a naturally occurring and pre-existing condition. It is exists independent of humans. So if and when a human decides 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]

Cutting Edge Green Buildings in London, Stockholm and San Francisco

April 12, 2016 by Laura Tozer

The first residents moved into Hammarby Sjostad in Stockholm in 2002, which was developed as a sustainable neighbourhood with a closed loop urban metabolism approachFor my PhD research project, I'm visiting three cities with some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the world. On my trips to London and...[read more]

Using green infrastructure to control urban floods: a win-win for cities

March 31, 2016 by Aafrin Kidwai
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We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”. But did you know that cities too can have a “green thumb”? Singapore is certainly one of those cities. Also known as the "garden city”, Singapore is set to become a "city in a garden”. The...[read more]

The Evolution of Green Star: A Brief History in 10 Buildings

March 28, 2016 by GBIG Insight

Last month, I celebrated a decade leading the Green Building Council of Australia. Nothing tells the story of the evolution of our industry better than the buildings we’ve constructed over that time, and reflecting on the 1,050 Green Star projects we’ve certified, a few stand out for leaving an impact on me and the industry.8 Brindabella...[read more]

Tech Updates : How to Design a Stormwater Drainage System

March 24, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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Since this time, engineers have searched for better methods and environmental scientists have been seeking alternative designs that will collect, treat and move the storm water after the snow melts or a rainstorm occurs.[read more]

Meet the New Green Face of Affordable Housing

March 23, 2016 by Kaid Benfield
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 When you think of "affordable housing," what's the image that comes to mind? For lots of people, including many of those most in need of it, the picture is not a pretty one: it's a scene of dreary, deteriorating high-rises or shabby, poorly constructed "garden" apartments with no garden in sight. Moreover, the projects come with...[read more]

10 Parks That Changed America

March 22, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA
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PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago and featuring Geoffrey Baer, the show identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America’s early settlers to the present day. In a preview at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Baer...[read more]

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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]