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Detours Obligatory: Rotterdam's Water Square

March 18, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Rotterdam Water Park

On the Benthemsquare in Rotterdam, Dutch landscape architecture firm De Urbanisten has finally achieved what they set out to do seven years ago: create a water park for the community fed entirely by storm water, instead of hiding runoff in underground pipes and cisterns.[read more]

Looking at American Lawns

March 15, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

American Lawns

Since it’s the time of year when people begin to think about things like gardening and lawns, this current study about the status of lawns in the United States seems apropos. Once there was a time when homes with green lawns seemed to be an American standard. Today that may be changing.[read more]

River Transport in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

March 6, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

River Transport

Two new river transport companies will soon begin business in Abidjan to compete with the Abidjan Transport Company (SOTRA). SOTRA still holds a monopoly in the country’s economic capital four months after the Ivorian government announced plans to liberalize the transportation sector.[read more]


What Local Governments Can Learn From Leading Corporations About Sustainability

March 6, 2014 by David Thorpe


Leading companies are winning awards for their innovative work in making their operations more sustainable and fair. There are many things that administrators and municipalities can learn from their approach to apply in the public sector.[read more]

Saving the Los Angeles River with Beer

March 1, 2014 by This Big City

LA River Woes and Beer

Like many people, the first time Tony Yanow saw the Los Angeles river was not in person but in a movie theater, while watching Grease. And like many others, he didn’t even realize it was a river. The towering concrete walls and pillars made it look more like a massive, high tech drainage ditch.[read more]


The World's Most Successful Model for Sustainable Urban Development?

February 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Is this everything a sustainable district needs?

Solar power, cycles, walking, local food, compact housing, very low waste. Vauban, an intentionally sustainable district and community in Freiburg, Germany, ticks many of the boxes urbanists say are required for sustainable living in cities.[read more]

EPA's New Stormwater Calculator, Updated for Climate Change

February 26, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

EPA and Measuring Water

The Environmental Protection Agency recently updated its national stormwater calculator, which has the ability to estimate the amount of rainwater and runoff from any site in the United States, to reflect best estimates on future climate change.[read more]

The Wettest Winter In 250 Years

February 26, 2014 by Frantseska Kavvadia

This infographic shows how Britain has just lived through the wettest January since 1776, and encapsulates the impact of the extreme weather conditions providing data on rainfall figures by region, predicted costs, severe warnings, incremental river changes and a checklist of recovery.[read more]

New Competition Aims to Combat World's Dead Zones [VIDEO]

February 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Fighting Dead Zones

Tulane University is offering a $1 million prize to the team who comes up with the best solution for combating hypoxia-affected waters, the dead zones in lakes and oceans. Hypoxia is the oxygen depletion in water bodies caused by excessive amounts of river-borne fertilizers and other nutrients.[read more]


The World's First One Planet City That Is Blazing a Path

February 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

A super market  - in the street.

It will take decades of dedicated work to bring a city's ecological footprint down to a proportionately fair level but that is the aim of the One Planet Brighton policy decided on 18 April 2013 in Brighton & Hove by the local authority. How is it setting out to achieve this?[read more]

Webcast: Extreme Weather Preparedness

February 17, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

It’s been over a year since Hurricane Sandy, the second most expensive storm in American history, hit the East Coast in the fall of 2012. The passing of the year mark serves as a reminder of how vulnerable cities like New York and London are to climate change. And governments are not ignorant of the challenges ahead — a study of 30...[read more]

Hungry Cities: Developing Sustainable Local Food Systems

February 17, 2014 by This Big City

Hungry Cities

Food is a major resource, like energy and water, needed to run settlements of all kinds. The impact of food systems on climate change is huge: the process of producing, processing, distributing and disposing of food currently accounts for 29% of global carbon emissions.[read more]