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Preserving Green Spaces and Waterways in Atlanta

December 5, 2016 by Kathryn Thomsen

Paving paradise to put up parking lots, roads and houses to keep up with the growing population in metro Atlanta (now over five million) has compromised the city’s green spaces and waterways over the past several decades.Keeping up with urban development’s impact on water quality has led to massive investments in stormwater...[read more]

4 Reasons to #OptOutside and be Thankful for Parks

November 22, 2016 by City Parks Blog

Parks are where people gather on weekends to relax, exercise, play, and connect with their community. They are where children first experience nature. But beyond their role in recreation and social well-being, city parks also help grow local economies, create new transportation options, combat crime, and reduce environmental impacts such...[read more]

Chicago’s Farr Associates Continues to Define Sustainable Urbanism

November 18, 2016 by The Global Grid

There is a growing movement for architecture firms to consider how building usage, both inside and out, can promote sustainability.[read more]

The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

November 16, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In theory, a neighborhood park serves everyone, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee people will use it. There’s a gender gap and an age gap when it comes to park use, according to a national survey conducted of more than 170 neighborhood parks in 25 U.S. cities, stretching from coast to coast.The RAND Corporation study...[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Breakout Reports from Placemaking Week

November 14, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

At the Placemaking Leadership Forum this fall, more than 450 dedicated public space practitioners, and policymakers came together to chart the future of the placemaking movement. The second day of the event was structured around ten major issues that converge in public space, which we at PPS refer to as “transformative agendas...[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]

Urbanization in Nigeria: Planning for the Unplanned

November 11, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The Oyo State government recently commissioned its first, city-wide masterplan to better enable Ibadan to respond to the needs of its citizens, and build long-term resilience to natural disasters.[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[read more]

Finding our way together in an unpredictable future

November 10, 2016 by Joe Nickol

This week’s United States elections ushered in a new level of unpredictability and another reminder of the widespread structural changes to business as usual that are underway. But a countervailing force also seems to be gaining momentum. Perhaps fittingly, we also saw this past week the third installment in as many months a small town’s determination to determine its own fate to attract investment and create hope that cuts through divisiveness and might be shared by all. Here, we see great cause for optimism in our neighborhoods, towns and cities in the years ahead.[read more]

New Tech Campuses Blur Line Between Work and Home

November 9, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The Domain / Lauren Cecchi New York“Top tech companies now expect their campuses to do the heavy lifting in retaining talent,” argued Aaron Ross with BNIM in a session at the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Along with Ross, Stephen Spears, FASLA, Design Workshop, and Rene Bihan, FASLA, SWA Group, showed how leading tech...[read more]

Environmental Justice a Growing Concern Among Landscape Architects

November 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Shanghai / FlickrEnvironmental justice, which is about ensuring everyone benefits equally from nature, is a “growing concern” among landscape architects across the globe, said Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop. For example, in the ASLA 2016 Student Awards, 68 percent of the award-winning designs focused on issues of environmental...[read more]