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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]

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]

Makoko: 'Venice of Lagos'

April 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Mokoko and Lagos

The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of people have made this place their home. Like many other ‘slum’ areas, the full population of Makoko is unknown.[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]

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]

San Diego International Airport Tabs Borrego Solar to Install 3.3 MW Solar System

April 14, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

San Diego Airport Solar

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the San Diego International Airport (SDIA), has announced plans to eventually install a 3.3-megawatt solar system that is expected to save up to $8 million in energy costs over 20 years.[read more]

Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

Urban Gardeners May Be Unaware of How Best to Manage Soil Contaminants

April 10, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Soil and Contaminants

With spring here and many urban homeowners and community gardeners itching to get out in the garden for planting, this information from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future concerns possible soil contaminants. Understanding how to manage potential contaminants is valuable information.[read more]

Greening London's Motorways to Create a New Future for the City

April 9, 2014 by This Big City

Green London Roads

Driving into London by car is an oddly seamless experience. The motorway never relents, meaning that motorists can dissect the capital’s suburban semis and Georgian terraces to float into the heart of Zone 1 without ever having to leave the luxury of three lanes.[read more]

Newtown's New Kid On The Block

April 9, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Newtown Skyline

The creative brainchild of Arthur Blake, Managing Director of Citiq Property Developments, brings this fun, bold, colourful stamp on the Newtown skyline has had the city curious since its inception. The former Premier Milling grain silos were converted into student accommodation.[read more]