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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
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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]

Offsite builder, architect launch line of energy-efficient prefab homes

June 30, 2016 by Construction Dive

Dive Brief:Offsite "high performance" building manufacturer Ecocor has teamed up with Richard Pedranti Architect to develop a line of prefabricated homes that meet the strict energy-efficient requirements of the "Passive House" standard. The team currently has 11 customizable models that range from 323 square feet to 2,685 square...[read more]

Unique Shape of New York City’s Flatiron Building Has Led to Sustained Prestige

June 23, 2016 by The Global Grid

Rectangular forms have defined buildings for centuries. New York City, a city defined by its dense urban development, is only possible because developers go to extreme lengths to maximize space. No building exemplifies this phenomenon better than the Flatiron Building. Originally called the Fuller Building, the Flatiron Building was...[read more]

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Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, with more public transport and fewer cars.The design competition, organized by...[read more]

How to Teach Landscape Architecture to High School Students

May 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Summit / Jared Green“I wish I had this opportunity when I was your age to meet all these amazing designers,” said Caroline Baumann, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, at the start of the High School Design Summit in Washington, D.C., where 200 D.C. public high school students got to learn...[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

The Timeless Way of Building Roads

May 23, 2016 by David Levinson

Noted architect and designer, Christopher Alexander, in The Timeless Way of Building (1979) wrote:There is one timeless way of building. It is a thousand years old, and the same today as it has ever been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]

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]