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Wet Matter: New Ways of Understanding Our Oceans

March 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Oceans and Understanding

Wet Matter, Harvard Design Magazine’s latest issue, asks us to reconsider our oceans, which cover the vast majority of our planet. Edited by Pierre Bélanger, ASLA, the issue brings together a range of fields and an array of lenses to “unlearn our binary, dichotomous relationship with the ocean.”[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

The U.S. Federal Government Just Got a Lot Greener

March 24, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

President Obama signing a new executive order on sustainability

President Obama signed a new executive order which will guide agencies toward sustainable operations. From planning for resiliency to natural disasters and climate change to implementing stringent stormwater management practices, it addresses aspects of landscape, architecture and community planning.[read more]


The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

New Mexico Black Chamber of Commerce Chairman Leads Way on Aquaponics for Food Security

Food Security

After Michael McNair investigated why some black farmers in the state experienced water shortages, he learned about aquaponics from watching videos on YouTube. In a moment of epiphany, he realized that aquaponics would work not only for these farmers, but for the entire state of New Mexico.[read more]

Ten Extra Water Days: What Are You Doing March 41st?

March 19, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

March 16-22 marks the annual Fix a Leak Week, a wonderful awareness initiative presented by the U.S. EPA and their WaterSense partners. But before exploring the actions we're called to take in honoring Fix A Leak Week, I'd like to consider for a second the fictional week you could be gaining March 32-41.[read more]

Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses

March 18, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Golf Courses and Placemaking

You wouldn't necessarily notice, not unless you've had a particular reason to be paying attention, but the US has way more golf courses than the industry and its enthusiasts can support. Once-flourishing fairways, greens, and clubhouses are being decommissioned all over the place, leaving communities with empty land.[read more]

Managing Water During Dry Times in Inland Empire, California

March 18, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

California Water Management

For the Inland Empire, California, this is not the first drought, so local water agencies were prepared with all sorts of solutions to the dry spell. Riverside Public Utilities offered rebates to residents who replaced their lawns with artificial turf, and the City instituted mandatory water conservation measures.[read more]

Florida Benedictine Sister Keeps the Faith with Aquaponics

Florida and Aquaponics

When a Benedictine sister at a St. Leo, Florida monastery wanted to do more in helping feed the hungry and heal the world, she did something a bit unexpected: she started an onsite aquaponics system. Prior to this endeavor, Sister Miriam Cosgrove’s knowledge of aquaponics did not extend far.[read more]

The 3 Pillars of Watertight Cities

March 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Water and Cities

“Water has no substitute” is the tagline for National Water Week, running from 16 to 22 March 2015. Given the looming urban water crisis, Cape Town Partnership programme coordinator Sibusiso Tshabalala investigated what would be needed to seal our cities.[read more]

Why Cities Need to Address River Flooding Now

Cities and Flood Risk

Cities contribute 70% of energy-related greenhouse emissions and play an essential role in climate change mitigation. However, since average global temperatures are already rising and the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly palpable around the world, cities also need to focus on adaptation.[read more]

Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and Municipally Sponsored Urban Agriculture

March 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Gardens and Agriculture


If a city wants to feed itself, which is more effective: community gardens or municipal growing projects? Darrin Nordahl Believes it's the city government, but the examples in his book Public Produce: the New Urban Agriculture, actually say otherwise.. So which is true?[read more]