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"This Land is Your Land" - Environmental Ownership

March 22, 2017 by Josephine Ellis

Who should 'own' the land for the sake of the environment? While tragedy of the commons begets a lack of responsibility, complete ownership confers no responsibility towards anyone or anything apart from your own interests.[read more]

Urban Soundscapes: Creating Quiet Spaces in a Roaring City

March 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

"Soundscape" re­fers to both the natural acoustic environment (animals and sounds from trees, water, weather, etc.) and sounds created by humans (human activities, sounds of mechanical origin, etc.). How can designers ensure that quiet spaces exist in the middle of a roaring city?[read more]

Please Be Seated

March 8, 2017 by City Parks Blog

The good news is that benches aren’t the only seating possibility in our parks and public spaces.[read more]

The Placemaking Factor in Philanthropy and Funding

March 3, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Place defines who we are as individuals and as a society who we are or what we want, as much as our social networks and political beliefs.[read more]

Using Urban Diaries in Times of City Change

February 22, 2017 by Chuck Wolfe

Almost 50 years ago, thanks to Kevin Lynch, Jane Jacobs and many others, the Parisian flâneur tradition of “looking around” cities became a central aspect of academic inquiry about, and activist response to, urban change.In the changing city of today, during these divisive political times, I am often asked how this...[read more]

Two New Tools for Planning a Healthy Urban Canopy

February 21, 2017 by Leda Marritz

Trees are a vital part of urban communities, providing social, environmental, and economic benefits. However, the urban environment is a difficult one for most trees due to the added stresses of soil compaction and lack of available soil, among many other challenges. Once established, their success is often further complicated by...[read more]

Good Design Is Sustainable

February 15, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Good landscape design is intrinsically sustainable. While a certain level of ecological sustainability may be achieved by adhering to a checklist of environmental best practices, long-term sustainability is achieved by engaging broader cultural, economic, and socio-economic goals. It’s now widely recognized that city dwellers tend to live a less wasteful and more energy-efficient lifestyle than those who live in the suburbs or rural areas.[read more]

Climate Action on the City Level: How Do Boston and L.A. Compare?

February 8, 2017 by The Global Grid

The new White House has left only three mentions of “climate” on its website, including two that have nothing to do with climate change and one that calls President Obama’s Climate Action Plan an “unnecessary” policy (more on the website turnover). What is not unnecessary is preparing ourselves for severe storms, cleaning up pollution,...[read more]

Urban Lessons from Hong Kong and Tokyo

February 7, 2017 by Timo Hamalainen

One of the best things is strolling across cities around the world. They’re all different, yet remarkably similar. It’s the perfect opportunity for reflecting how your own city or cities compare. Two places I’ve recently had the pleasure of exploring are Hong Kong and Tokyo.These Far East mega-cities may seem an odd couple at first, but...[read more]

Placemaking for Peacemaking

February 3, 2017 by Project for Public Spaces

Even though, by definition, public spaces are open and accessible to everyone, for refugees and immigrants they often become sites of danger and exclusion.[read more]

A Little Slice of Heaven

February 2, 2017 by William Carson

For Owen Carson, working as an ecologist in the world of conservation it’s not uncommon to find rare species of plants and animals on properties that he inventories – in fact, most of these tracts contain an array of listed species, uncommon natural communities, and outstanding water resources.  But there is one piece of...[read more]

River District Appeals to Families with Fun, Nature and Walkability

January 30, 2017 by Jillian Glover

I am writing a short series, “Cities for Families” to showcase how local governments, non-profits and the private sector are working to create a family friendly city. This third edition spotlights the private sector, examining how Wesgroup Properties is achieving this goal with its latest project, River District.[read more]