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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[read more]

Treating Trees as Actual Infrastructure

July 20, 2014 by Leda Marritz

A couple of weeks ago my brother sent me a link to a story on WNYC about the variable mortality rates for trees that were planted as part of New York City’s Million Trees initiative. We’ve seen the uneven outcomes of planting efforts like these before, and New York is no exception.[read more]

Agriculture Department to Demonstrate Green Infrastructure, Organic Farming in DC 'Outdoor Museum'

June 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Green Infrastructure and Outdoor Museums

 

One of the more thoughtful landscaping undertakings I have seen will be installed over the next fifteen years on, appropriately enough, the grounds of the US Department of Agriculture headquarters. The site is prominently placed on the National Mall just steps away from the Washington Monument.[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]

How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Commercial Property Value

December 26, 2013 by Kaid Benfield

Green Infrastructure

A new publication from my colleagues shows how green infrastructure practices – integrating nature strategically into urban environments to control runoff and enhance other environmental values – can help advance the bottom line for the commercial real estate sector.[read more]

The New Philadelphia Story Is About Green Infrastructure

December 21, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Philly Green Infrastructure

The green infrastructure plan Philly is moving forward with will only cost $1.2 billion over 25 years. Some $800 million of that will go directly to green infrastructure projects in the city, while $200 million will go to further strengthening the city’s water treatment plants.[read more]

Green Infrastructure Is Becoming Mainstream

June 13, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

Mainstreaming Green Insfrastructure

Green infrastructure is now big time, given the head of water for the Environmental Protection Agency is now promoting its benefits.[read more]

Lessons from the Africa Urban Infrastructure Summit

May 22, 2013 by Future Cape Town

summit attendees

Imagine a future for urban Africa in which free thinking reigns supreme, roof tops are adorned with urban parks, and the streets are littered with electric powered scooters.[read more]

Beyond PR: Services and Disservices of Urban Green Infrastructure

May 19, 2013 by The Nature of Cities

urban green infrastructure

How do the benefits of urban green infrastructure stack up against the costs? We need to better understand the services and disservices of green infrastructure for improved planning and management of urban ecosystems.[read more]

European Commission: Boost for Green Infrastructure

May 13, 2013 by Geoff Wilkinson

Building green infrastructure is often a good investment for nature, for the economy and for jobs. We should provide solutions that work with nature instead of against it, where that makes economic and environmental sense.[read more]

Wilderness South of Chicago: Beauty Amid Industry

May 10, 2013 by The Dirt ASLA

wilderness amid industry

An alliance of nearly 270 organizations, which have banded together under the name Chicago Wilderness, are working towards improving green infrastructure and creating access to nature for children, among other things.[read more]

Green Infrastructure as Parks: How Need, Design, and Technology Can Make Cities Better

April 18, 2013 by The Nature of Cities
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cities and green space

Over the last decade, but particularly over the last five years, the concepts of sustainable design and its sub-genre, green infrastructure, have entered into the design, construction, and renovation of urban parks.[read more]