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Recycling Computers, Phones, and Televisions: You're Probably Not Doing It

November 23, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Got old electronics sitting in the basement, a closet, or even a room you use? According to a new study from Staples, probably: while many of us sell them on eBay, donate or re-gift them, or even (gasp!) throw them away, most of us are hoarding those old electronics.[read more]

Building Environmentally Integrated Homes

November 23, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Environmental Home Design

As more and more people wake up to the importance of sustainability, I think that firms such as Solares Architecture are going to become even more important. This is not just about a LEED rating, it’s about a mission. And I think that’s also great for the profession of architecture.[read more]

From Vacant Lot to Garden Spot: LA-Based Nonprofit Greens Up Blighted Land

November 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Fixing Blighted Urban Land

Los Angeles-headquartered From Lot to Spot is true to its name—the organization transforms unused, vacant lots into vibrant spots of green space and parkland. According to founder Viviana Franco, they have spearheaded several urban and community garden initiatives throughout Southern California.[read more]

Denver's 16th Street Mall: Custom Suspended Pavement System Turns 32

November 21, 2014 by Leda Marritz

Denver Public Pavement Design

Denver has long been a place of significance in the American West. Founded as a gold mining town in 1858, the city built a connection to the transcontinental railroad by 1870 and quickly established itself as a key supply hub and large commercial center serving cities both nearby and throughout the region.[read more]

'Living Breakwaters' Wins Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Living Breakwaters

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture, founded by Kate Orff, ASLA, has just received $100,000 from the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) for their “comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project” called Living Breakwaters.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

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This 3D Weaver Could Change the Face of Architecture

November 18, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Textiles as Building Materials

Textiles have already changed the face of urban architecture. With the advancements in digital manufacturing, textiles are playing an even stronger role providing material that can be made on demand to spec with very little waste, changing how textile composites can be used as new building materials.[read more]

Richmond Reconnects the City to the River

November 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Connection Richmond to the River

The cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon, may not actually seem to have all that much in common, except they both have rivers that cut through them. In the case of Portland, it’s the Willamette River, and in Richmond, it’s the James River.[read more]

From Seat Coverings to Soccer Balls: Southwest Airlines' Massive Upcycling Program

November 14, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Upcycling Seats to Soccer Balls

What would you do with 43 acres of used leather? Hard to imagine, isn’t it… the temptation, of course, would be to get rid of it as quickly and easily as possible. But most used leather has a lot of life left in it, so with a little imagination and elbow grease, all of that “waste” could be put to good use.[read more]

Equity, Health, and Climate Themes at the Forefront of Green Building Movement

November 14, 2014 by evolve environment::architecture

Green Building Movement

A Greenbuild 2014 Recap by Elena Goldstein: I’ve just returned from my fourth Greenbuild, the annual green building conference and expo hosted by the US Green Building Council. This year, the event was held in New Orleans, adding to the experience elements of culture, music, food, and a powerful demonstration of urban resiliency concepts.[read more]

How Our Household Waste Explodes During the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 9, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Holiday Waste

Are you already looking forward to the upcoming Winter holidays? I’m a Thanksgiving fan myself: nothing like sharing a big special meal with family and friends. Others, no doubt, look forward to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or New Year’s Eve and day.[read more]

When Landscape Eclipsed the Garden

November 8, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Landscapes and Gardens

Joseph Disponzio, wants us landscape architects to know where we came from. His lecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, which honored Frederick Law Olmsted, shed new light on the origins of landscape architecture as well as the debate surrounding the field, which has lasted almost as long.[read more]