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Conservation & Recreation

Erie, Pennsylvania Celebrates the City's First LEED Gold Project: The Erie Art Museum

January 17, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Erie Art Museum LEED Gold Project

The Erie Art Museum recently hosted a celebration honoring the green building certification awarded by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for its recently opened renovation and addition.[read more]

Paint Can Do More to Transform Your City Than You Think

January 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Paint, Color, and Urban Transformation

As Mayor of Tirana, Albania, Edi Rama had an unconventional strategy to make his city more livable. When he was elected mayor of Tirana in 2000, Rama directed an army of painters to spread bright colors and creative patterns on buildings throughout the mostly gray city.[read more]

Transport and Health: Walking is Going Places

January 15, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Walking and Urban Transit

Walking is going places. What was once humans’ most common pastime, which had been forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort, is now being recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst, and possibly even a route to happiness.[read more]

What Makes a Great Public Market? Nominate Your Favorites

January 14, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

What's your favourite market?

When a place is great, it just clicks. We know it. You know it. These are the places we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things always seem to happen, the places to which we return—in the stories we tell if not in person—all throughout our lives.[read more]

Hidden Gems in the Tenderloin

January 13, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

San Francisco Hidden Culture

I’ve written about the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco before. It’s an infamous neighborhood in the center of the city that has for decades resisted gentrification. But as the technology sector continues to urbanize, many fear that it’s only a matter of time before it does eventually gentrify.[read more]

Globalization and Atlanta's Gated Urban Core

January 12, 2015 by Jim Russell

Global, Gated Atlanta

Sociologist Saskia Sassen aptly describes the emerging segregation pattern of metropolitan Atlanta: “Our cities will, in good part, become two cities: one for the privileged (and we will see more green space in these areas) and the other for the poor who have no gated community to go to.”[read more]

What are Vancouver's Best Public Spaces?

January 12, 2015 by Jillian Glover

Vancouver Public Spaces

Growing up in Vancouver, I didn’t really have a good understanding of what makes a lively public space. Sure, we had a seawall that wrapped around the city offering spectacular views of the ocean of mountains. It wasn’t until I took my first trip to Europe as a teenager that I saw how great a public space can be.[read more]

Interview with Anne Whiston Spirn on the 30th Anniversary of The Granite Garden

January 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Granite Garden 30th Anniversary

Anne Whiston Spirn, FASLA, is a professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at MIT. Her most recent book is 'The Eye is a Door: Landscape, Photography, and the Art of Discovery.' She is also the author of 'The Granite Garden,' and 'The Language of Landscape.'[read more]

Did the USA Hit 'Peak Car'?

January 12, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Car Culture and Ownership

The total number of vehicle miles traveled in the US used to largely do only one thing: go up. Yet figures from the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) show that per capita driving has flat lined over the past few years.[read more]

How To Make Compost From Roadkill [VIDEO]

January 11, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Composting and Savings

No doubt that animal composting is a environmentally preferable alternative for dealing with dead animals – putting them in landfills just contributes to overuse of that space and methane production, and burning them takes up fuel without any kind of return. But it’s not something just anyone can do.[read more]

A Look at One Spadina Crescent

January 11, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Spadina Crescent Prospects

One of the projects that I’m most excited about here in Toronto is the renovation and addition to One Spadina Crescent. The building sits in the middle of a roundabout along Spadina Avenue and occupies what is easily one of the most ceremonial positions in the city.[read more]

Dumping Food Scraps On Your Head: A Good Way To Raise Awareness Of Wasted Food?

January 10, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Food Waste and Social Media

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? If you logged into Facebook at all last year, you know what I’m talking about: those homemade videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves. The challenge also spawned numerous imitators, including the Scrap Bucket Challenge.[read more]