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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]

How Shrubs Are Used in Urban Landscape Design Plantings

March 20, 2017 by Sarah Smith

Researchers aim to show that picturesque shrub gardens are an achievable goal.[read more]

Urbanism By Any Other Name

March 17, 2017 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

In our ongoing quest for improving cities, we have come up with all manner of tactics for “good” urbanism, some of which even have organizations attached to their guiding principle. In my career, I’ve done my best to collect these approaches (so to speak) in an attempt to trace the disparate threads we in the urbanist community have woven over time.[read more]

Our Interaction with Nature Doesn’t End When We Age

March 16, 2017 by The Dirt ASLA

Senior care facility, Phoenix, AZ / Dr. Lori ReynoldsWhen an older person loses their cognitive and motor functions, how do they maintain a connection to nature? This is the central question for Dr. Lori Reynolds, a clinical professor of...[read more]

The Shift Towards Nature-based Recreation

March 16, 2017 by William Carson

Four Principles to be on the Cutting EdgeThe most prominent national recreation trend to emerge in the past 10 years, is the shift away from organized sports-oriented recreation to nature-based recreation. Demand for trails, wildlife viewing, and...[read more]