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Smoking Bans in Parks: Public Health in Public Places

April 17, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The City of Seattle is currently floating the idea of banning smoking in public parks. This isn’t an unprecedented move, but it is an important one in advancing public health and making our public spaces a little more clean and pleasant. But some believe that this is policing the poor and targeting the homeless.[read more]

Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]

The Daily Life of Informal Settlements in a Series of Striking New Videos

Informal Settlement Life

As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Cassim Shepard is particularly attentive to the many complex ways that the rise of rapid global urbanization is affecting people at a very fundamental level, including what they see, feel, and do in their daily lives in the city.[read more]

10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture

This is a classroom?

Hydroponics and aquaponics are an important part of sustainable agriculture, especially in space-scarce urban areas. Numerous high schools recognize the bright future of hydroponics and aquaponics, and as a result include it as part of their curriculum.[read more]

Yard Waste: What is the Purpose of the Space Around Our Homes?

April 14, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The Purpose of Yards

The yard has long been viewed as a necessity for children, symbolic of the opportunity for kids to run free in their own space free of fears from perceived dangers. Many parents view private green spaces as an essential component to creating healthy children, and without a child could potentially suffer.[read more]

Urban Farming Ramps Up in Sacramento with Passage of New Ordinance

Local Ordinances and Urban Farming

Food and agriculture activists have something to celebrate this year in Sacramento, California. On March 23, 2015, the City Council passed an urban farming ordinance that paves the way for food security and an inner city agricultural economy.[read more]

What are 'Garden Cities' Without a Garden Culture?

April 13, 2015 by Patrick Lydon

Green Cities and Gardening

If urban sustainability issues are to become deeply entrenched in culture, it follows that successful urban nature design—indeed, successful sustainable cities in general—can only be achieved in concert with a deep and sustained cultural awareness of the importance of nature.[read more]

China's 'Dancing Grannies' Vow to Dance On

Culture in Urban China

Walk through a park in most Chinese cities in the morning and you’re likely to see mostly elderly residents dancing and singing to classical songs. They have become a fixture of Chinese urban life but have also aroused the anger of nearby residents who complain of the noise.[read more]

Complex and Useful: Green Is Infrastructure

April 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Infrastructure Complexity

This report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure as the visible expression of natural and human ecosystem processes that work across scales and contexts to provide multiple benefits for people and their environments.[read more]

In a More Volatile World, New Models Are Needed

April 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Modeling Bahavior Innovation

Today, we understand how our world is shaped by complex, dynamic systems. While landscape architects have been fast to embrace ecological systems thinking, they have been slower to see how systems thinking can transform our ways of imagining, visualizing, and then intervening in the environment.[read more]

Women in Food: Audrey Arner Sees Diversity as the Key to Soil and Water Health

Diversity and Health

Minnesota farmer Audrey Arner believes in the strength of diversity, which is why she worked over time in order to transform a Minnesota farm from a two-crop base of corn and soybean rotation back to its previous, more natural roots of polyculture.[read more]

Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space

April 9, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Open Spaces and City Growth

Smart growth emerged as a way to save nature and preserve open space. Draw a growth boundary and on one side is human development, nature on the other. Natural lands seemed too threatened by the growth of roads, subdivisions and roadside businesses to let it go on forever. Of course, it has gone on anyway.[read more]