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Growing in the Far North: Spring Creek Farm Cultivates Produce and Education in Alaska

Far North Farming

Spring Creek Farm, founded by Louise Kellogg, houses Alaska Pacific University’s Kellogg Campus in Palmer, Alaska. “The goal was to create a campus for the University, a very small one,” says Steve Rubinstein, the director of APU’s graduate program in Outdoor and Environmental Education.[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]

Midwest Nonprofit Gives Voice to Women Farmers

Farmers and Support

Bridget Holcomb, newly appointed executive director of the non-profit Women, Food & Agriculture, has always been interested in issues concerning sustainability. For her, it’s a no brainer that the current generation needs to live sustainably to improve the lives of future generations.[read more]

Madrid, Spain Launches IBM Smarter Cities Project

August 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Spain Smarter Cities

The City of Madrid, Spain has announced the signing of an agreement aimed at improving the lives of its 3 million citizens. This environmental services management project, signed with INSA around IBM’s Smarter Cities technology, is supposed to improve the quality and efficiency of city services.[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]

The Need to Develop Flora and Fauna Biometric Tools for Urban Planning

August 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Flora and Fauna

Collectively, researchers over the past 60 years have collected a good deal of data on urban biodiversity and impacts on urban plants and animals. From urban gradient studies to patch dynamic studies, we have a plethora of empirical data that suggests how various urban designs would impact various species.[read more]

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7 Top Trends for Sustainable Architecture in 2014

August 14, 2014 by Jeff Caldwell

Greener Buildings are Multiplying

“Sustainable City” may be a buzzword these days, but it’s a buzzword with substance. The number of buildings featuring green innovations is growing at a phenomenal rate. Here are some of the top trends for urban sustainable architecture in 2014.[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]

What's In a Neighborhood?

August 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Neighborhood Identification

When I was working on my startup last year, one of the things we spent a bit of time figuring out was how to classify buildings according to neighborhood. Now, at first blush, this may seem like a fairly easy thing to do. But neighborhood boundaries and definitions aren’t as clear cut as you might think.[read more]

São Paulo's New Master Plan Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Development

August 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Master Plan

The largest city in Latin America has prioritized curbing car culture and making streets more pedestrian friendly. São Paulo’s new strategic master plan, unveiled on July 31, 2014, focuses on people-oriented development and improved public and non-motorized transport.[read more]