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We Need A Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

November 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Low energy house types in Europe

A European study on the cost effectiveness of deep renovation of existing buildings contains recommendations for individual member states and says a definition of nearly Zero Energy Buildings is needed so designers and architects know what to aim for.[read more]

Two Genius Bike-Parking Ideas Give Cyclists a Care-Free Commute

November 28, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Parking Systems

For urban commuters, a safe place to store their bike can be the difference between choosing to cycle and needing to drive. Even in bicycle-friendly cities, cyclists can still face the challenge of having to lug their bike on public transport, or having to take their bike inside their office to prevent it from being stolen.[read more]

Simulating Landscapes with Point Cloud Models

November 28, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Simulating Landscapes

We need to find a word that brings us back to common ground. In a lecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Christope Girot, professor and chair of landscape architecture in the architecture department at the ETH, suggests that “topology” may be the word.[read more]

New Urban Agriculture Regulations Sprouting in Los Angeles, California

November 28, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Agriculture in LA

 

It appears that urban agriculture is in full swing in Los Angeles, California. In particular, there are several highly innovative pieces of legislation regarding urban agriculture that have recently come onto the political horizon, and could greatly affect this burgeoning field.[read more]

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Royal Society Warns Cities To Prepare for Climate Change

November 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

Cities will bear the brunt of climate change. Some already do.

Governments are being called on to develop resilience strategies for cities to combat the double effects of a rising and ageing population and climate change, in a new report from the Royal Society. The report examines the effect of extremes of weather and climate, in particular floods, droughts and heat waves on people living in cities and outlines how improvements could be made to protect them by comparing the options available.[read more]

3D Printing Can Empower Landscape Architects

November 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

3D Printing Innovation

Landscape architects can bypass things that used to be required basics like contractors and participate directly in the fabrication and manufacturing of all sorts of objects like benches or even pavers, if they are confident enough to delve into 3D modeling and 3D printing.[read more]

Transforming a Neglected Square: Bringing Arts and Culture Outside at the Perth Cultural Center

November 27, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Neglected Public Spaces

Before its revival, the Perth Cultural Center (PCC) was a model of the brutalist architecture that defines many academic buildings of the 1960s and 1970s. With no public activity in its surrounding area, the space was grey and uninviting—a collection of massive, stark structures made of exposed concrete and brick.[read more]

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An Area the Size of the European Union is Used for Urban Agriculture

November 26, 2014 by David Thorpe

... but more is needed to feed the world.

A new study has found that an area greater than the size of the European Union is being used already around and within cities worldwide to grow food. Nevertheless with one third of the area of cities needing to be set aside for growing food more needs to be done to protect and encourage this.[read more]

Could Sliding Scale Home Purchases Work?

November 26, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Pricing Methods

There is a host of calculators out there for people to use to calculate how much home they can afford. Put in the affordable amount and you can discover exactly what level of house you can afford. What if that magic number was the only number you needed to get a house or an apartment?[read more]

Architecture Is for Everyone

November 26, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Architecture for All

At the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Interboro Partners, an interdisciplinary and relatively young firm of three GSD alums Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, and Georgeen Theodore, said “architecture is for everyone.”[read more]

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Re-Working Our Future Cities: Is Biodesign the Answer?

November 26, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Green Design and Future Cities

Alberto T. Estévez is director of the Genetic Barcelona Project. At RE.WORK Future Cities Summit, Alberto will explore cities that learn and take ideas from the advantages of nature. Science, biology and genetics lend to creating new technologies that give us the possibility to re-think and re-work our cities.[read more]

Four Green Initiatives Employees Are Sure to Embrace

November 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Green Initiatives

Who wouldn’t want to work in an engaging office environment? An engaged workforce makes a happier workplace and promotes a culture of collaboration and creativity, as numerous studies show. And corporate green initiatives are some of the best ways to engage employees.[read more]