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Leasing begins for Perch Harlem apartment building — built to Passive House standards

October 24, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Perch Harlem, a seven-story, 34-unit multifamily building built to Passive House standards, is now leasing, according to Builder magazineLocated in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Harlem, NY, the project includes units ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments, with rents priced from the $2,600s. This is the...[read more]


Low Impact Housing for Cities

October 21, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

Low Impact Development (LID) is commonly defined as: ‘Development which, by virtue of its low or benign environmental impact, may be allowed in locations where conventional development is not permitted’ (1).  More understandably, this means that LID housing is temporary in nature, made of natural / locally sourced materials, and is...[read more]

Concrete conundrum: Understanding the building material's environmental impact

October 4, 2016 by Construction Dive

Concrete has always been in indicator of "civilization." Since its invention in the 19th century, humans have used concrete not only to tame nature but, in many cases, to pave right over it. As a result, the hard-wearing material can be found nearly everywhere there are people.[read more]


Time To Take The ‘Urban’ Out of Urban Design?

October 3, 2016 by Sebastien Miller

For a while now I’ve had an issue with both the term and the definition of ‘urban design’.  What exactly is it?  Compare it to architecture or planning, which are professions that are easy to define and identify, even to a child’s mind.  At its most simple level, architects design buildings, while planners design cities....[read more]

ASLA Survey: Landscape Architecture Student Body Shifts

September 29, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

ASLA 2016 Student Collaboration Honor Award. Bridging Disciplines/Cultivating Health: Using a collaborative international community design/build model to facilitate mental health treatment. University of Washington students / Daniel Winterbottom, FASLAASLA recently released its annual graduating student survey, which was completed by...[read more]

Making Green Stick; Influencing Decision Makers toward LID Solutions

September 27, 2016 by Leda Marritz

One of the things innovative engineers do extraordinarily well is to think about solutions in different ways.  Leading-edge thinkers, engineers included, consider strategic influence – as opposed to fixed function thinking – when they think about how to solve a problem or overcome an obstacle. They disentangle themselves from the...[read more]

ASLA Launches Guide to Resilient Design

September 21, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Resilient design / ASLAA new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design.According to the guide, the goal of resilient landscape planning and design is to retrofit...[read more]


The Rise Of The Rooftop

September 14, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

When designed to maximise public benefit, and not just private gain, rooftop spaces can enhance a city’s natural environment, and improve public life. The rise of the rooftop has just begun, but with this trend we may about to see the transformation of cities across the globe.[read more]

Why My Twitter Stream is Singing About Placemaking

September 13, 2016 by Chuck Wolfe

My Twitter stream is alive with the sound of placemaking.  While those are not the exact Sound of Music lyrics we remember, I am as guilty as anyone for hyping Placemaking Week in Vancouver, British Columbia (which begins September 12), using the increasingly popular twitter hashtag, #placemaking.Three...[read more]

Why We Need Nature Based Playgrounds Equipment and Design

August 16, 2016 by Sarah Smith

With urban green design including natural playgrounds, people will be able to see the environmental movement for what it is. There is no purer symbol of the concern environmentalists feel for the next generation than an eco-friendly playground. This extra care shows a consciousness towards helping everyone go green, no matter their age.[read more]

How to Design a Family-Friendly Urban Home

July 20, 2016 by Jillian Glover

Single-family homes are now out of reach for 99.9% of the population. We already see families in Europe, Japan and Hong Kong embracing compact housing in order to live in cities. Here is what urban families look for in a compact attached home in the city (i.e. condo, row home, townhouse, duplex, etc.).[read more]

World's tallest Passive House-certified building rising on Cornell Tech campus

July 6, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:The New York City Roosevelt Island campus of Cornell Tech will soon boast the world's tallest Passive House-certified building at 270 feet tall, the Engineering News-Record reported.Hudson Companies and Related Companies, who are developing the $115 million, 26-story, 536-bed dormitory, expect a 70%-90%...[read more]