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Pop-Up Rowhomes Promote Housing Fairness in D.C.

August 20, 2014 by Peter Smith

Pop-Up Rowhomes in DC

Arguably no American city has transformed itself during the early years of the twenty-first century as much as Washington, DC. That transformation is fueling a debate unlike most others that we’ve become accustomed to in the nation’s capital. It’s a debate about the appeal of pop-ups.[read more]

Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

What Smart Cities can Learn from the Luddites

August 19, 2014 by Julian Dobson
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Smart Cities and Luddites

There’s nothing like technology to stop people thinking straight. Just as the Daily Mail seems to find a new cure for cancer every few days, so technology-watchers love to predict amazing new futures for cities. The ‘smart city’ epithet is particularly attractive right now.[read more]

Taking Stock of Denver Placemaking

August 19, 2014 by Dean Saitta

Denver Placemaking

Denver is earning a reputation as a city to watch for 21st century placemaking. Its Lower Downtown historic district—a mixed-use area now 25 years in the making—is a revitalization success story, and the city is making major investments in transit-oriented development.[read more]

SITES Certifies New Set of Landscapes

August 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

SITES Landscapes

The Sustainable Sites Initiative program has certified four new landscapes: Kirke Park, a pocket park in Seattle; 38 Dolores, a grocery store and housing complex in San Francisco; West Point Foundry Preserve, a historic Civil War-era preserve in New York; and the office of Perkins + Will, a design firm, in Atlanta.[read more]

Designing Tattnall Square Park's Rain Gardens

August 16, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Rain Garden Design

When the Friends of Tattnall Square Park first teamed up with Mercer engineering students to help to design a rain garden, we had no idea that the road to success would take months of planning, changes, revisions, and tweaking.[read more]

Even with the Threat of More Monster Storms, Shorelines Can Be Public Spaces

August 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Shoreline Spaces and Design

At a lecture on resilient waterfront design at the Center for Architecture in New York, two projects that are now in the works show how public spaces can still be fostered and created on shorelines, even in the era where shorelines are constantly at the risk of the monster storm.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Four Things We Need

August 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

National specialists argued that as the cost of green roofs were the highest before an industry was established, and that this was the current case in South Africa, they didn’t “see the rationality of a developer wanting to do a green roof unless there is some type of compensation for them”.[read more]

Community Resilience on the Edge

August 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Communities and Comebacks

Is resilience ecological, economic, cultural, or social? For Red Hook and Hunts Point, two different communities in New York City with a lot to lose, the answer is all of the above, argued Barbara Wilks, FASLA, and Richard Roark, ASLA, at a talk at the Center for Architecture in New York City.[read more]

Folly Forest: From Asphalt to Educational Landscape

August 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Asphalt and Education

Browsing through the latest issue of Azure magazine, one can see socially conscious design is making its way even into the far reaches of Winnipeg, Canada. Folly Forest, a great, small project at the Stratchona School, which in a low-income neighborhood, was put together with just $80,000.[read more]

Architecture of Le Corbusier: World Heritage Sites in Firminy & Loire, France

August 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Architecture and History

After two failed attempts to make the work of the famed architect Le Corbusier recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 and 2011, interested French cities, as well as communities from six other countries, are taking up the struggle again.[read more]