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Conservation & Recreation

Learning from a Post-It Wall: Campus Clean Energy Conversations

April 18, 2015 by GBIG Insight

Campus Clean Energy

As our #cleanenergyu conversation gets underway again this Earth Month, students from across many campuses in the United States are sharing and discussing their visions for a 2025 clean energy future by convening post-it wall conversations.[read more]

Smoking Bans in Parks: Public Health in Public Places

April 17, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The City of Seattle is currently floating the idea of banning smoking in public parks. This isn’t an unprecedented move, but it is an important one in advancing public health and making our public spaces a little more clean and pleasant. But some believe that this is policing the poor and targeting the homeless.[read more]

Cape Town: The City is Our Playground

April 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Play in Cape Town

We’ve all hankered after a simpler, less stressful world. A world in which our every decision doesn’t feel like the end of the world, and where it is easier to acknowledge similarity than disparity. This yearning often takes me back to childhood.[read more]

Bringing Attention to the World's Endangered Markets

April 16, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Markets and Preservation

Public markets can be the social and economic heart of a city. While there continues to be tremendous energy and momentum around global market advocacy there are still many public markets throughout the world that are threatened by a variety of factors.[read more]

The Blossoming Murals Circuit of Sherbrooke, Quebec's East District

April 16, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Art in Quebec

The gigantic murals that have characterized Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada’s city center since 2002 are now taking over the city’s eastern side. Between now and the end of April 2015, ten works will be mounted on buildings on Rue King Est, between Bowen and 18th Avenue, in order to create the East Murals circuit.[read more]

Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]

13 Tips For Saving Water the Californian Way

April 15, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Water Conservation in California

California is a big state. To understand water saving techniques for the average person, we need to understand California’s unique climates and ecosystems. In broad terms, we have South Coast, South Inland, North Coast, Central Coast, Central Valley, mountains and desert climates.[read more]

The Daily Life of Informal Settlements in a Series of Striking New Videos

Informal Settlement Life

As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Cassim Shepard is particularly attentive to the many complex ways that the rise of rapid global urbanization is affecting people at a very fundamental level, including what they see, feel, and do in their daily lives in the city.[read more]

10 High Schools That Teach Hydroponics and Aquaponics as Sustainable Urban Agriculture

This is a classroom?

Hydroponics and aquaponics are an important part of sustainable agriculture, especially in space-scarce urban areas. Numerous high schools recognize the bright future of hydroponics and aquaponics, and as a result include it as part of their curriculum.[read more]

Yard Waste: What is the Purpose of the Space Around Our Homes?

April 14, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

The Purpose of Yards

The yard has long been viewed as a necessity for children, symbolic of the opportunity for kids to run free in their own space free of fears from perceived dangers. Many parents view private green spaces as an essential component to creating healthy children, and without a child could potentially suffer.[read more]

A Tech Touch: Connecting Beaches, Parks, and Big Data

April 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Connecting Places and Data

Smart city technology is going beyond data-collecting sensors in streetlights and on garbage containers. It’s expanding to beaches and parks, creating a feedback loop that will allow local Barcelona Metropolitan Area officials to better manage public spaces.[read more]

Street Art That Magically Appears When It Rains

April 12, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Innovative Public Art

Artist Peregrine Church has created Rainworks, a project that turns Seattle’s over abundance of rain into an opportunity to enliven street life. Church has created a fun template demonstrating how to use concrete pavement as a canvas for artworks, illustrations, and messages — but only when wet.[read more]