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Major Revamp Planned for D.C.'s South Mall

November 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

National Mall Revamp

 

The new master plan for the Smithsonian’s South Mall campus, which runs from the Hirshhorn Museum all the way to the Freer Museum, is a shocker. It obliterates the existing landscape, filled with intimate nooks that invite exploration, in favor of “improved connectivity” and open plazas.[read more]

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

California Creates Farm-To-Fork Office, Passes Legislation Promoting Local Food Access

November 20, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

California Food Legislation

This past September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed seven pieces of legislation in honor of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork week, an annual event that celebrates locally produced foods and promotes getting it into the hands of local consumers.[read more]

Non-Diversified Economic Markets in Detroit, Michigan: Autos and Now Agriculture

November 19, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Detroit Markets

Detroit, Michigan’s urban agriculture has been enjoying stunning popularity for several years. From a city in exponential decline since the national financial crisis of the end of the last decade, the city’s citizens are eager to promote a new paradigm that could help save the city from bankruptcy.[read more]

The Economics of Place: Michigan as a Beacon in the Placemaking Movement

November 18, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Placemaking in Michigan

Ever since the governor’s declaration to put placemaking at the forefront of Michigan’s economic policy, place-led development has cropped up in what some would consider the least likely of places in this midwestern state. Michigan is taking placemaking to heart in an inspiring way.[read more]

Young Leaders in Ag: Sophie Ackoff Unites Young Farmers For Change

November 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Young Leaders in Farming

If you want change, you need passion to make it happen. Sophie Ackoff, who works with the National Young Farmers Coalition helping young farmers help themselves, has bushels of it. As the coalition’s national field director, she travels the country bringing together folks who are beginning careers in farming.[read more]

The Dumpster Dive Cafe:: How One 'Chain' Feeds People with Waste Food

November 16, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Dumpster Diving and Food Waste

The idea of feeding people struggling to make ends meet through a “pay what you can” model isn’t new, but a group of catering professionals and activists in the United Kingdom have taken this model one step further in an attempt to reduce food waste.[read more]

Urban Gardening Builds Strong, Cohesive Communities

November 14, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Gardening and Community

CNN recently described Cape Town, South Africa as being in the midst of a “vegoultion,” with hundreds of new community gardens and urban farms popping up throughout the city in recent years. The city’s “Green Clusters” are helping to improve the local environment while providing important social benefits.[read more]

Richmond Reconnects the City to the River

November 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Connection Richmond to the River

The cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon, may not actually seem to have all that much in common, except they both have rivers that cut through them. In the case of Portland, it’s the Willamette River, and in Richmond, it’s the James River.[read more]

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678 Green Roofs Counted in Central London – But Are There More?

November 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

The greening of central London

A map has been compiled of all the known green roofs in central London, and discovered almost 700 – but there are probably more. Their estimated total area is 175,000 m², equivalent to around 25 football pitches. Viewers are invited to submit others not already logged to make the map more complete.[read more]

Klyde Warren Park: Picture Perfect

November 13, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Klyde Warren Park

When it comes to a potential model for the future of city parks, Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas may not stand out among others purely based on looks, but it represents a leap forward in thinking about funding and how to develop parks in car-oriented cities.[read more]

Parks: In a Golden Age, Without Two Nickels?

November 12, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Urban Parks and Innovation

It has been a good couple of weeks for news about city parks. Many of them have been featured in the press with a focus on the value they bring to cities. But in spite of all this good news about parks and the value they generate, most cities are still struggling to find enough revenue to operate and maintain them.[read more]