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Untamed and Unleashed: Landscape Architecture and the Meaning of 'Wild'

July 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

An eye for cover design

Introducing LA+ (Landscape Architecture Plus), a new interdisciplinary journal of landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Its provocative first issue, LA+ WILD, explores the shifting concept of “wild.” In the midst of the 21st century’s global environmental crisis, what is truly wild?[read more]

First Commercial Rooftop Farm Opens in Washington D.C.

Great view, great veg.

Something’s growing atop Washington D.C. restaurant Oyamel. Seedlings poke young leaves out of four inches of soil. The new green roof, which opened in May, is part of Up Top Acres, a network of rooftop farms. Founded by Kathleen O’Keefe, Kristof Grina and Jeffrey Prost-Greene, it installs and farms green roofs around the city.[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How Our New Buying Habits are Changing Design Approaches to Public Markets

June 26, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markthal Rotterdam

Today’s markets are more and more becoming community hubs where visitors can gather, shop, eat, socialize, and learn. Many of these new hybrid spaces are “changing the way we define a market". So operational strategies continue to evolve in order to meet the changing needs of today’s customers.[read more]

Can Ornamental Plants Remain in the Gardens of California Under Drought?

June 24, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Drought-tolerant plants

With California's current drought, is there a place for ornamental gardens in the state? We’ve been studying this question for a number of years in Los Angeles and its surrounding municipalities, and here is our advice.[read more]

Los Angeles Has a Hugely Ambitious Sustainability pLAn - Will it Succeed?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

“We hope to get rid of ornamental lawns and put in more native plants.” Los Angeles, known for its extensive car culture, lawn-filled suburbs and smog, is getting serious about sustainability—and the effort includes local and sustainable food and agriculture and aiming for zero waste.[read more]

Expo Milano 2015 : How to Feed Our Planet of 7 Billion People

June 23, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Michelle Obama + Agnese Renzi at Expo Milano 2015

Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition running until October 31, making Milan a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries are showing the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet and its equilibrium.[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]

Are the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives Fit For Purpose?

June 16, 2015 by Ceri Margerison

Unpeeling the truth

The Birds and Habitats Directives, the cornerstones of European conservation legislation, are now subject to a “Fitness Check” review. At last week's annual EU Green Week, governments, NGOs, businesses and academia argued about whether the directives are fit for purpose. What does the evidence say?[read more]

The City Where Farm-to-School Is Making A Big Difference to At-Risk Kids

68% of kids in Riverside are from at-risk homes

In an era when small farmers seem to be squeezed from all sides and find it difficult to earn fair prices for their products, the Riverside Unified School District has answered the call in Riverside—last year, it purchased food from 19 area farmers, but great amounts of inequity still plague the food system.[read more]

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Work Starts on Europe's Largest Urban Permaculture Passivhaus Eco-Community

June 15, 2015 by David Thorpe

The site will contain 68 homes.

Work is starting today to develop the site of the largest permaculture-based, Passivhaus urban eco-community in Europe, in Leicester, England. When finished, the settlement will contain 68 homes for rent at affordable rates for essential workers.[read more]

Women in Farming: Kari Spencer on Building an Urban Farm in the Desert

Kari Spencer at the farm

What's it like being a woman running an urban farm in the desert? Kari Spencer has built an urban farm oasis in the Arizona desert: The Micro Farm Project. Seedstock interviewed her to find out how she learned her Permaculture desert gardening skills, her experiences as a female farmer and more.[read more]