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Is LEED v4 Better or Just Newer?

August 20, 2014 by Tyler Caine

The New LEED

Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still been able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close.[read more]

The Story of Jerusalem's Railway Park: Getting the City Back on Track, Economically, Environmentally, and Socially

August 20, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Jerusalem Railway Park

Sharing local experience is always important. However in the case of the Jerusalem Railway Park, both the process and the outcome have the level of universal relevance that make so many of the themes presented in “The Nature of Cities” essential urban reading.[read more]

SITES Certifies New Set of Landscapes

August 17, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

SITES Landscapes

The Sustainable Sites Initiative program has certified four new landscapes: Kirke Park, a pocket park in Seattle; 38 Dolores, a grocery store and housing complex in San Francisco; West Point Foundry Preserve, a historic Civil War-era preserve in New York; and the office of Perkins + Will, a design firm, in Atlanta.[read more]


Climate Change Bailouts: Too Big to Fail?

August 16, 2014 by Peter Smith

Climate Change and Federal Money

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Congress moved quickly to appropriate emergency relief funds. But what happens when sea-level rise and extreme weather events begin to affect every community in the United States at more or less the exact same time?[read more]

Designing Tattnall Square Park's Rain Gardens

August 16, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Rain Garden Design

When the Friends of Tattnall Square Park first teamed up with Mercer engineering students to help to design a rain garden, we had no idea that the road to success would take months of planning, changes, revisions, and tweaking.[read more]

Even with the Threat of More Monster Storms, Shorelines Can Be Public Spaces

August 14, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Shoreline Spaces and Design

At a lecture on resilient waterfront design at the Center for Architecture in New York, two projects that are now in the works show how public spaces can still be fostered and created on shorelines, even in the era where shorelines are constantly at the risk of the monster storm.[read more]

Serious About Green Roofs: Four Things We Need

August 13, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Green Roof Development

National specialists argued that as the cost of green roofs were the highest before an industry was established, and that this was the current case in South Africa, they didn’t “see the rationality of a developer wanting to do a green roof unless there is some type of compensation for them”.[read more]

Community Resilience on the Edge

August 13, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Communities and Comebacks

Is resilience ecological, economic, cultural, or social? For Red Hook and Hunts Point, two different communities in New York City with a lot to lose, the answer is all of the above, argued Barbara Wilks, FASLA, and Richard Roark, ASLA, at a talk at the Center for Architecture in New York City.[read more]

Folly Forest: From Asphalt to Educational Landscape

August 12, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Asphalt and Education

Browsing through the latest issue of Azure magazine, one can see socially conscious design is making its way even into the far reaches of Winnipeg, Canada. Folly Forest, a great, small project at the Stratchona School, which in a low-income neighborhood, was put together with just $80,000.[read more]

The Social Library that Transformed a Berlin Street (And Community)

August 11, 2014 by This Big City

Social Library

We have seen urban and artistic interventions in our cities for decades. Sometimes, they are perceived as simple vandalism acts or as anecdotal, with interpretations ranging from the appreciation to the (anonymous) artists who alter the public space.[read more]

Architecture of Le Corbusier: World Heritage Sites in Firminy & Loire, France

August 11, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Architecture and History

After two failed attempts to make the work of the famed architect Le Corbusier recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009 and 2011, interested French cities, as well as communities from six other countries, are taking up the struggle again.[read more]

Small Living Spaces: Better for You and the Environment [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 10, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Compact Living Efficiency

While the “Great Recession” probably contributed greatly to the growth of the “tiny house” movement, there’s also plenty of evidence that bigger really isn’t better for living space. You have more room for your stuff but you’ve also got more to clean, more to heat and cool, and more to maintain.[read more]