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Book Review: Explosion Green: the Growth of the Green Building Movement

January 9, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Explosion Green Book Review

Thanks to the work of countless individuals and organizations LEED is now a term known broadly outside of the cadre that designs and constructs buildings as well as far beyond the borders of the U.S. It is a great story, but it’s not the entire story.[read more]

Landscape Architecture for a Changing World

January 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Landscape Architecture in the 21st Century

What is the purpose of landscape architecture in the 21st century? Is it to beautify spaces with well-chosen plants and pavers? To increase ecological health by mimicking natural systems and processes? Or to manage stormwater and cool our built environment by incorporating green infrastructure?[read more]

Why We Need Walkable Places and How Cities Can Use Them to Increase Tax Revenue

January 6, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Walkability Boosts Taxes

In a new book, The Walkable City, author Jeff Speck cogently presents the reasons why walkable places are desirable and how cities caught in traffic can both calm their streets and increase their tax revenue. But first the real cost of parking must be realized and entrenched planning codes altered.[read more]

Reviewed: A Country of Cities

December 31, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Cities and Economics


In the midst of a global economy migrating towards cities, Vishaan Chakrabarti adds his voice to the drumbeat of density in a pitch for focusing development towards our urban cores. The author focuses his sermon on why dense urban centers are the smart future for human civilization.[read more]

A Vision for Public Food Production

October 24, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Public Food Production

We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing traction over the last decade. Meanwhile, our industrial food systems are increasingly vulnerable.[read more]

Jaime Lerner's Urban Acupuncture

September 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Acupuncture

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down a great deal of all his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.[read more]


WEBCAST: George Marshall on Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

September 1, 2014 by David Thorpe

George Marshall, whose brain is wired up to talk about climate change.

Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know? An interview with George Marshall, author of a groundbreaking new book called Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.[read more]

A Must-Read: The Updated Urban Bikeway Design Guide

August 30, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Biking, Design, and Urbanism


In the year 2000, the District of Columbia had three miles of bike lanes. Today, the district has roughly 80 miles of bike infrastructure, including the first lanes in historically underserved Ward 8. Many other U.S. cities have made similar investments.[read more]

Book Report: Happy City

August 28, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Quality of Life in Urban Spaces

In 'Happy City, Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design' by Charles Montgomery, the author presents a refreshing perspective of cities as urban laboratories, where social equitability can be achieved through relatively low-cost redesigning.[read more]

Seven Classic, Must-Read Books About the Local Food Movement

Local Food Classics

The term “locavore” has been used to describe people as diverse as former hippies living off the land as well as foodies perusing farmers’ markets for organic produce. The notion of local food and its place in the United States’ economy is evolving, however.[read more]

Bottom-Up + Top-Down Support = People Centred Urban Solutions

May 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Solutions

CITIES is about to launch the book We Own This City. The book’s ambition is to: ‘understanding how traditionally ‘top-down’ players are changing their working processes to adapt to the current system in which a more active urban population is setting new rules and standards form the bottom-up.'[read more]

New Prefab Book of Note: Prefabulous World

April 19, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Prefab House Book

As we have been recently writing a series about green prefabricated homes, the timing could be no better for the release of “Prefabulous World – Energy Efficient and Sustainable Homes Around the Globe,” a new book on prefab homes by Sheri Koones.[read more]