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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]

Is This the End of the Suburbs? Leigh Gallagher Thinks So

April 2, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urbanization and the Future of the Suburbs


In 'The End of the Suburbs,' a story is told of the big changes underway in the way Americans are choosing to live in the 21st century. For sixty years, urban areas have become decentralized, and downtowns turned into ugly, parking lot deserts where only marginalized people lived. But all that is changing.[read more]

Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

March 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Oceans and Understanding

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of lenses to “unlearn our binary, dichotomous relationship with the ocean.”[read more]

Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage

March 17, 2015 by Derek Wong

Businesses and Sustainability

Proactively incorporating sustainability into a business’ core strategy can increase profits by 51 to 81%, according to corporate sustainability expert and author Bob Willard. His book The New Sustainability Advantage and the companion online tools lay out seven strategies and estimate potential returns.[read more]

Revealed: The Deficiencies of Modern Street Planning that Hinder Walkability (BOOK REVIEW)

March 10, 2015 by Tyler Caine

This book is by a pioneer of walkability in cities.

What are the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them? This book, by a pioneer of walkability in cities, will tell you.[read more]

Triumph of the City: Book Report

March 6, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Urban Triumph

In 'Triumph of the City,' renowned economist Edward Glaeser presents a clear case for why our cities and urban spaces are our greatest inventions, how they make us richer, smarter, greener, healthier, and happier, and how we can still yet improve them.[read more]

City Ecology: There Are Egrets Near the Empire State Building

February 27, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

You wouldn't believe where nature can thrive.

New York Harbor is a thriving natural habitat. The mixing of fresh and salt waters, combined with a rich flow of nutrients from its watershed, makes visibility poor, and hides its vitality. It is easy to make cocktail conversation about eels, oysters, humpback whales (whales!) and the other remarkable creatures that share New York City with its people.[read more]

""Required Reading": Sustainable Urbanism by Douglas Farr Reviewed

February 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Sustainable Urbanism

In Sustainable Urbanism, Douglas Farr succeeds in wrapping his arms around a large array of pertinent wisdom while shedding light on how many facets exist in the urban design process–and as a result how many opportunities there are for positive impact.[read more]

Jaime Lerner on Common Sense Tools to Make Cities Sustainable

February 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Read and learn from the visionary Jaime Lerner.

When ex-Curitiba Mayor Jaime Lerner talks about ways to improve city life, everybody listens. He's the visionary that made a medium-sized Brazilian town into a beacon for sustainability around the world. Now you can read his wisdom distilled into this new book.[read more]

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]