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Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits

August 16, 2016 by Leda Marritz

When we talk about the value of urban trees and soils as a stormwater management tool, the contribution of the trees is often considered secondary. Soil will, of course, store significant amounts of runoff all on its own. However, new research at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, has found that trees actually provided the largest...[read more]

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]

Placemaking on Main Street: Revitalizing Rural Communities

August 15, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

 In the small Saskatchewan town of Maple Creek (pop. 2,500), residents gather on Jasper Street in the downtown’s Historic District |Photo by Town of Maple CreekMany residents of small towns and rural communities care deeply about the future of their towns and they value their uniqueness and a strong sense of community. At the same...[read more]

ReGen Village Design Pushes for Self-Sustenance

August 14, 2016 by Tyler Caine

The rate and degree of evolution for building types and development patterns around the world may be one of the most critical decisions facing the fate of the biosphere over the next century. One developer/architecture team has recently rolled out a vision that does more than toggle the mainstream model, but proposes the framework for a cultural shift built around goals of balance.[read more]

Green Infrastructure: Back to Basics

August 12, 2016 by GBIG Insight

“Imagine this design assignment: Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, makes complex sugars and foods, changes colors with the seasons, and self-replicates.” —William McDonough, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make ThingsAny technology that satisfied this design assignment would...[read more]

No Site Too Small

August 11, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Imagine you own a small vacant plot, less than a quarter acre, in a quiet residential neighborhood. Its slope and wedge shape makes it less than ideal for development, but it is not serving any purpose sitting vacant behind a fence. It gets plenty of sun exposure, has a nutrient-rich clay soil and is located next to a reservoir and...[read more]

Brazilians Use Olympics to Deliver Powerful Climate Message

August 11, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony / NBCThe estimated 3.3 billion people who watched the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saw a beautiful and compelling case for fighting climate change. Brazil, which is too critical to global efforts, given its stewardship of the Amazon rainforest, decided to use its big...[read more]

Future Roadway Technologies: What’s Being Done to Put it into Effect?

August 10, 2016 by Matt Rhoney

Have you ever gotten onto a congested highway and immediately wished you hadn’t? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you entered an intersection just as another vehicle was running a red light? With connected vehicle technology, the idea is that data will be transmitted wirelessly among vehicles and between roadside and vehicles...[read more]

Troubled Waters: How Rio's Trash Problem Goes Far Beyond the Olympics

August 9, 2016 by Waste Dive

When athletes from around the world hit the waters of Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this month, they will be competing amid garbage.It didn’t have to be this way.Despite seven years of planning and multiple ideas from waste professionals around the world, Rio de Janeiro has not solved the problem of trash in its waters...[read more]

“Ralph, Meet Sparky!” – Making the Most of Your Dog Park

August 6, 2016 by City Parks Blog

It’s early afternoon on a warm, sunny Wednesday. Couples are out for a glimpse of the iconic Flatirons, folks gather to debate the best coffee roasters in town and other groups are sitting on lawn chairs in a nearby grassy area.   But the real “community gathering” is among the 40+ dogs chasing each other, hopping in a kiddie...[read more]

Equity and Inclusion: Getting Down to the Heart of Placemaking

August 5, 2016 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking, a collaborative process by which we (residents, architects, activists, community leaders and planners alike) shape our public realm together, is fundamentally about inclusion and shared community ownership.[read more]

Building the Next Generation of National Park Advocates

August 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Grand Teton National Park / Image Credit: Flowvella.comThe National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its centennial on August 25. 100 years after its creation, the U.S. national park system stands as the “best national park system in the world,” according to National Park Service (NPS) director Jonathan Jarvis, who spoke at the National...[read more]