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Street Art That Magically Appears When It Rains

April 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Innovative Public Art

Artist Peregrine Church has created Rainworks, a project that turns Seattle’s over abundance of rain into an opportunity to enliven street life. Church has created a fun template demonstrating how to use concrete pavement as a canvas for artworks, illustrations, and messages — but only when wet.[read more]

Water and Music, Both Valuable and Both Not Free

April 12, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Water Conservation Efforts

Water companies, cities and municipalities invest millions of dollars in their infrastructure to maintain the quality of the tap water. However, after working around the clock for more than 100 years, water and wastewater infrastructure is aging and in some cases, failing.[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]

California's Drought in Perspective

April 9, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

California and the Drought

Scientists are calling the current wave of drought, which began to spread across California, much of the Southwest, Texas, and Oklahoma in 2011, the worst since the 1950s. While it has ebbed in Texas and parts of the Southwest, California and other states continue to bear the brunt of this epic change in rainfall.[read more]

No Green Without Blue: Riverside Public Utility Emphasizes Water Conservation in Urban Agriculture

Urban Farming and Water Efficiency

The City of Riverside, California is committed to being green, but city officials know that in order to do this, Riverside must also be blue. And with the recent announcement of the state’s first-ever water restriction, it’s fair to say the city is ahead of the curve.[read more]

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67 Examples of Cities Showcasing Energy Efficient Building Policies

April 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

Tthe first hospital in the world to earn Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system. Photo courtsey of McConnell Photography

Approximately 74% of 67 cities examined in a report published last week are implementing incentives for a greener built environment, 61% have enacted green building policies for municipal buildings and 49% are pursuing sustainable community policies.[read more]

New York City's Edenworks Advances Urban Aquaponics with Custom Ecosystems

NYC Aquaponics

New York City resident Jason Green wanted to be able to purchase good local produce that was available in his city on a year-round basis. Concluding that other New Yorkers would probably want the same thing, he addressed this insufficiency with aquaponics.[read more]

New Research: In California's Unyielding Drought, Green Buildings Can Help

April 1, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Building Water Management in California

Many thousands of buildings in the State of California have demonstrated how water conservation and water resource management has been prioritized in the 15 years since the launch of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification program.[read more]

California Start-Up Brings Precision Irrigation to Water-Conscious Growers

Water Resource Management

If you are a farmer in California, there is one issue that should be on your mind at all times: water conservation. As California enters its fourth year of drought, recent estimates suggest that the state only has enough water in its reservoirs to last one more year.[read more]

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There's No Plan B for the Retail Chain That's Making Its Stores and Supply Chains More Sustainable

March 31, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's all part of Plan A. There's no Plan B

A major retail chain is making exceptional efforts to revamp its stores so that they are much more sustainable. It's just unveiled the latest of these, in Newcastle. The chain is Marks & Spencer (M&S) and the policy behind the campaign is called Plan A designed to make the whole corporate effort sustainable right down the supply chains.[read more]

Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015

March 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Resilience in Venice

“Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It just so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create 'acqua alta' (high water) for six days in a row.[read more]

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Pacific Cities Resolve to Improve Urban Resilience and Upgrade Informal Settlements

March 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

News from the Pacific Urban Forum 2015 

The Pacific Urban Forum 2015 met over the last week on the island of Fiji, under the theme of “Towards a New Pacific Urban Agenda: Harnessing Opportunities in a Post-2015 Environment”, to discuss how the emerging needs of cities in the region can meet the present challenges.[read more]