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Marriage Therapy for Ecologists and Landscape Architects

February 28, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Integrating Ecology and Design

Ecologists’ interest start with an exploration of the natural world, its structure and function. Architects and landscape architects start with human needs and how constructed features can answer those needs. Of course you have these different backgrounds, and the training is so different.[read more]

Mario Schjetnan Dissects the Deeper Meaning of Place

February 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Place and meaning in Mexico

Pioneering Mexican landscape architect, architect, and urban designer Mario Schjetnan, FASLA, who recently spoke at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is recognized for his built works that are fueled by a deep concern for the cities of his native Mexico.[read more]

There’s How Much Plastic In The Ocean? [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 27, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Ocean Plastic and Water Health

We’ve taken a look at a number of ventures aimed at making use of plastic in the ocean, and we’d love to believe they could make a sizable dent in this pollution source. But, of course, to determine that, we’ve got to know how much plastic waste we’re putting into these ecosystems.[read more]

The Great Intensification Debate: What's Better for Cities?

February 25, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities and Intensification

Neighborhood investment needs to be a balance between preservation and progress. This doesn’t exclusively mean high-rise intensification. It could mean removing the barriers to laneway housing.[read more]

Is America Changing Its Attitude Towards Adding Flats To Suburban Homes?

February 24, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

More suburban homes are being allowed to expand

"PADs," or private accessory dwellings, is another term for nanny flat or laneway house. Whatever you may want to call it, the concept is the same. It’s about taking a single family house and adding an additional dwelling onto that same lot. And whereas they used to be disallowed, more and more they're being approved.[read more]

The Future of Public Space Analytics

February 23, 2015 by Brian Phelps

Public Space Analysis Innovation

Public space is an essential component of any great city. It brings people together to socialize, recreate, and work. It attracts people to the city, builds relationships, and spurs innovation and new ideas that fuel a city’s economic growth. How do we optimize the investments made in these spaces?[read more]

The Nature of Holy Cities

February 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Holy Cities and Green Spaces

While it is undoubtedly true that thousands of cities around the world share a wide spectrum of common denominators, from garbage to biodiversity, it is perhaps important to examine common urban denominators that are not universal, but are shared by a significant number of cities around the world.[read more]

Riverside City Councilmember MacArthur Channels Citrus Background into Enthusiasm for Local Food

February 22, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Local Issues and Local Food

Riverside City, California Councilmember Chris MacArthur not only has a background in citrus farming, but he has channeled his enthusiasm for local agriculture into being a founder of Grow Riverside and promoting the Grow Riverside conference.[read more]

Is Frank Gehry's Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum A Work of Art?

February 21, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Art Museums as Art

When the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis began the process of developing a new home for its art museum in the early nineties, they knew immediately that they wanted something special. They wanted a building that would bring character, uniqueness, and beauty to the campus.[read more]

What Is a Wasteland?

February 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Waste and the Urban Landscape

According to Mariana Mogilevich and Curt Gambetta, Princeton University Mellon Initiative, “the production of waste and the production of space go hand in hand.” As landscape architects, architects, and urban designers remake our cities, waste is created too. Moving this waste shapes our urban landscape.[read more]

Why Our Towns Need a Better Future than Tesco Can Offer

February 19, 2015 by Julian Dobson

Britain and Town Center Planning

Last month local leaders in the UK who had hopes to regenerate landmark sites in partnership with Tesco had to end years of planning: the retailer pulled out of schemes to develop 49 sites, create at least 8,000 jobs, more than 1,100 new homes, and nearly 2.5m square feet of retail space.[read more]

What Will Happen to India's Elephants and Tigers as Its Cities Expand?

February 18, 2015 by The Nature of Cities
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Can people really ignore the elephants?

In this rapidly urbanising India, the focus of administrators on a sustainable vision of planning rarely includes a consideration of green spaces and the wildlife for which India is famous. What will happen to its tigers and elephants?[read more]