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Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]

Three Promising Strategies for Financing Sustainable Cities

December 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Financing Sustainable Cities


Sustainable, accessible, thriving cities are within our reach. Investing in solutions like energy and building efficiency, integrated public transit and better land use can improve health, quality of life and economic opportunities. Civic leaders can look to three pathways to trigger more sustainable investment through climate finance and make capital more accessible to cities.[read more]

Athens is Building the World's Largest City Park

September 23, 2014 by Jillian Glover

Athens and Green Space Expansion

Athens has plans to finally provide its citizens with a source of respite, as it is poised to be home to the world’s largest city park. Hellenikon Metropolitan Park will be 2 million square meters, providing the city with the green space it desperately needs.[read more]

A Love of Common Things

April 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Common Things and Beauty

In a lecture at the National Building Museum on the legacy of Modern landscape architect Dan Kiley, Gary Hilderbrand said of Kiley, “we share a love of order, a disdain of ornament, a love of common things — the field, the hedgerow, the tree canopy. Like him, I want to return these all to glory.”[read more]

Platforms for Experiencing Nature

March 7, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban and Green Experience

For millennium, designers of our built and natural environments have positioned the viewer in nature, setting benches in just the right spots with gorgeous vistas, or even creating pavilions or pagodas that offer both a respite from the world and a vantage point for engaging with it.[read more]

The Impact of Climate Change on Philadelphia's Forest [VIDEO]

February 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Philly and Urban Forests

Climate change will have a direct impact on our urban forests. The change in temperature and precipitation will shift the suitable habitat for virtually all tree species. This video not only explores the impacts of climate change but also how we can adapt the urban forest to the coming challenges.[read more]

Vertical Gardens Grow Up

January 29, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Verticle Gardens

Botanist and garden designer Patrick Blanc, who usually stays just a few stories off the ground with his lush, vertical gardens, is now moving higher and higher. Working with starchitect Jean Nouvel, Blanc has been sheathing two 380-feet-tall buildings in green.[read more]

Living Near Nature Provides Long-Term Mental Health Boost

January 19, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Near Nature

According to new research, moving into a home near green spaces, particularly in urban areas, provides people with long-term mental health gains up to three years after the move. Scientists found that moving next to a green space had a sustained positive effect.[read more]

Three M's for Empowering Volunteer Urban Foresters: Mobilizing, Mapping, and Monitoring

January 7, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Empowering Urban Foresters


Local governments planted millions of young trees on urban streets throughout the United States during the first decade of the 21st Century. Large cities made prodigious investments in urban reforestation as a relatively thrifty way of dealing with some deep-rooted and long-lasting environmental problems.[read more]

Boston's Emerald Necklace Sets the Standard for Linked City Parks

November 18, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Boston's Emerald Necklace

I believe that cities need nature to soften the sometimes harsh or overwhelming effects of pavement and density. We need that density – if maybe not quite so much pavement – in order to create healthy, walkable urban environments and to limit encroachment on rural land outside cities.[read more]

ASLA Launches New Guide on Health Benefits of Nature

September 14, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Nature Benefits

A growing body of research proves what we all know to be true—nature is good for us. A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects showcases the mental and physical health benefits of spending time outside.[read more]

The Power of Unkempt Wilderness in the Hearts of Berlin and Buenos Aires

September 10, 2013 by The Nature of Cities

Wilderness in Urban Spaces

Today I would like to celebrate the First Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology, which took place at the end of July in Berlin, just in the place where urban ecology emerged as a discipline, and consider what urban ecology has to say to people in Berlin and Buenos Aires.[read more]