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DIY Tree Art

April 19, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Tree Art

For ages, trees have been a favorite subject of landscape painters. Their material has long provided substance for sculptors and crafters. Now, some contemporary artists are rediscovering the artistic effects that can be achieved with the humble tree. And these artists aren’t damaging the trees.[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]

How Public Spaces Make Cities Work [VIDEO]

April 19, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Public Spaces

More than eight million people are crowded together to live in New York City. What makes this at all possible? In part, it is the city’s many great public spaces — from tiny pocket parks to long waterfront promenades — where people can stroll and play.[read more]

Green Roof Slated for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

April 18, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Barclays Center Green Roof

Instead of more hot black roofs radiating excessive heat upward, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will add another green roof to the urban palette. This endeavor will be overseen by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co.[read more]

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 17, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Billboards and Art in Toronto

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of BeautifulCity.ca, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto.[read more]

Urban Density and Sustainability

April 17, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

Density and Sustainability

Urban density is the number of people living in a particular urban area and is an important aspect of how cities function. Many modern urban planners advocate higher densities because of the widely held theory that cities operate more efficiently when residents live in denser urban surroundings.[read more]

Cutting the Super Block Down to Size

April 16, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Super Blocks

To accommodate the millions coming in from the countryside each year, China’s cities are tearing down their old human-scale, socially-rich neighborhoods, with their meandering, bicycle-friendly streets, and putting in highways and incredibly isolating towers set amid vacant-feeling “super blocks.”[read more]

Baltimore's Car-Stuffed Waterfront is Poised to Keep Adding More Cars

April 16, 2014 by Jeff La Noue

Baltimore Car Culture

Fancy office towers, hotels, museums, and tourist attractions line the contours of Baltimore’s Chesapeake Bay harborfront. So too, do massive parking garages and interstate-sized roadways that feed them. What does the future hold? According to a new plan, still more parking.[read more]

Dakar: A City Full of Color

April 16, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Dakar Street Art

Here in Dakar, it seems that the entire urban landscape is full of color: The walls, the sidewalks, the transport, houses and buildings, as well as the bright clothes of urban dwellers themselves. For example, the bright contrast between the light brown sands of this Sahelian city and the azure sky.[read more]

When Hills Hide Arches

April 15, 2014 by Geoff Manaugh

Hidden Arches

Landforms masquerading as architecture and vice versa seem to dominate a few sets of older images hosted at the Library of Congress. Photos taken between 1865 and 1872, these are—photographically speaking—almost impossibly ancient.[read more]

Green Buildings Bring Vertical Forests to the City

April 15, 2014 by Derek Wong

Verticle Forests

Visually stunning and environmentally progressive condo buildings and office towers are appearing in Europe and Asia in recent years, including the Bosco Verticale in Milan, Hearst Tower in New York, and Urban Cactus in Rotterdam. Corporations and condo developers take note.[read more]

A Safe City is a Just City

A Safe City

As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable road users like the elderly and cyclists are particularly at risk.[read more]