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Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

Neighborhood Alliance Plans to Convert Vacant Lot into Urban Farm, Housing Complex

February 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Urban Food and Housing Redevelopment

The Hilltop Alliance, a nonprofit, is working on a project that could drastically advance urban agriculture in the state. The organization wants to turn a vacant 107-acre lot into Hilltop Village Farm, a multi-use development that would include 120 townhomes, a 20-acre urban farm incubator, a youth farm and CSA.[read more]

The Nature of Holy Cities

February 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Holy Cities and Green Spaces

While it is undoubtedly true that thousands of cities around the world share a wide spectrum of common denominators, from garbage to biodiversity, it is perhaps important to examine common urban denominators that are not universal, but are shared by a significant number of cities around the world.[read more]

A Community-Based Financing Model for Local Food: Maine Harvest Credit Project

February 20, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Maine Harvest Credit Project

A new venture in Maine seeks to provide financing to local farmers and food producers by establishing a credit union focused on Maine’s local food economy. The Maine Harvest Credit Project is the brainchild of Sam May and Scott Budde, Mainers with backgrounds in finance and the local food movement.[read more]

New EU Project Explores Deriving Graphene From Food Waste

February 20, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Graphene and Food Waste Recycling

A new EU project, PlasCarb, is exploring the potential to create graphitic carbon (the basic material for graphene) and hydrogen from food headed for the landfill. Not only does graphene have the potential to revolutionize the green economy, but it also could be produced from food waste.[read more]

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What Singapore Can Teach All Cities About Using Urban Green Infrastructure To Mitigate Megadroughts

February 17, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Singapore, where landscaping protects from extreme weather effects.

NASA's new report on the likelihood of megadrought in the Central and Western US is a harsh yet timely wake-up call for cities and the need for green infrastructure, which is often the best way to deal with problems of water scarcity, quality, flooding, and urban heat islands, according to John Parker, Chief Economist, Impact Infrastructure.[read more]

Why We Need to Think About Streets When We Design Parks

February 17, 2015 by Jake Tobin Garrett

Streets, Parks, and Design Integration

We should be thinking, especially in small parks, about how streets and sidewalks can complement the park, or how connections feed into the park. Too frequently we focus our attention solely inside the boundaries of the park and forget the network of sidewalks, streets, and laneways that surround it.[read more]

The Two Things India Must Get Right for its Economic Future

February 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Economic Planning

Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy are daunting challenges to the development of the country.[read more]

Shipping Containers Add Hip Sustainability To New Marriott Brand [PHOTOS]

February 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Shipping Containers and Placemaking

If you’ve ever seen stacks and stacks of shipping containers sitting at a port, words like “hip,” “edgy,” and “stylish” probably didn’t come to mind. But designers around the world have seen all sorts of cool possibilities in these basic structures. One of the latest comes from hotel chain Marriott.[read more]

Unintended Consequences Can Be Opportunities for Conservation

February 16, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Intentions and Conservation

Many of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular urban wetlands are the unintended consequences of industrial activities. Are there abandoned industrial sites in your city that present an opportunity to be turned into nature reserves to increase resilience, biodiversity and provide social amenities?[read more]

Home Design: The Sliding House

February 14, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Sliding House Design

Built as a place to retire, the Sliding House consists of a building envelope with fairly typical punched windows that physically slides overtop of a minimal glass structure. This allows the building to adapt to the changing seasons (or to the moods of its occupants).[read more]

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Amazing Ways in Which Modular Buildings are Environment-Friendly

February 13, 2015 by Anne Staley

Modular buildings are prefabricated and consist of several sections or ‘modules’ that can be transported using a crane onto a building’s foundation to match the building’s layout. Interestingly, modular constructions adhere to federal codes set down by the U.S. HUD.[read more]