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Green Buildings: 300 Lafeyette Street

April 23, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Green Building on Lafeyette

Current efforts in sustainability can be divided into one of two groups. The first group is trying to add efficiency and/or decrease the negative impact of the way that we do things now. The second group is changing a paradigm, archetype or cultural norm in order to operate in a more sustainable way.[read more]

How Can Cities Improve Their Resilience?

April 23, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Cities and Resilience

“Urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of the system of cities to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what acute shocks occur,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.[read more]

New York Waterfront Gets Ready for the Future

April 21, 2014 by Future Cape Town

NYC Waterfront Development

On April 3, 2014, BIG, along with nine other teams including OMA and WXY, unveiled their proposals for “Rebuild by Design,” a competition which tasks teams with improving the resiliency of waterfront communities through locally-responsive, innovative design.[read more]

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]