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Reconnecting People with Nature through Architecture and Design

May 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Putting Nature in View

Poorly conceived design divides us in urban areas from our wilds and has contributed to seeing nature as something isolated from us; this actually diminishes us. This post details how architecture and urban design can bring us back to nature, in schools, cities, workplaces and hospitals, with numerous benefits.[read more]

How Sustainable is the Vacation Resort of Your Choice?

May 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Sustainable Vacations and Resorts


Vacation spots do not have to be unsustainable and are rife with opportunities for improvement without compromising the patron experience. Architect Tyler Caine deconstructs one Mexican resort to see what are its hits and misses in taking care of the environment while maintaining customer comfort.[read more]

Mayor Faces Opposition in Fight Against Light Pollution in Quesnoy-sur-Deûle, France

Light Pollution in France

Should the street lights be turned off at night to save energy and reveal the night sky, or is it dangerous? A town in France is seeing this globally significant debate being played out in its own corridors of power. Some say it makes the streets unsafe, others that it is good for wildlife. Who can decide?[read more]

How Laws Around Retail Make Poor People Unhealthy

May 4, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Nutrition and Access

'Food deserts’ are made by supermarket chains. "Supermarkets are generally free to do business without any significant degree of regulation… the urban informal food economy… is regularly the target of control, regulation and draconian eradication policies" - Dr Jane Battersby.[read more]

How Street Food has Captured the Public Realm in Portland, Defying Planners

May 4, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Street Food in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, street food has become a phenomenon, growing in popularity over the last ten years. The result has been a transformation of the public realm, as well as many privately-owned spaces in our downtown and neighborhoods.[read more]

Nature as the Textbook: A Review of Nelson's Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

Outdoor Classrooms

Consider the instances of discovery you had as a child. Learning what plants need to grow, what it takes to build a fort, or how to protect yourself against rain, wind, and heat. There is something to be said about reading books about the four seasons and then seeing leaves change colors as summer turns to fall.[read more]

Road Construction: A Sustainable Use for 'Trash Ash?'

May 3, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Trash Ash Recycling

I still struggle with burning trash as a form of “renewable” energy. While this approach does reduce landfill waste, and extracts energy without drilling or mining, it does create its own byproducts. While we tend to focus on emissions, ash is another resulting material that ends up in landfills.[read more]

Urban Ireland: Dublin in 2007

May 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Life in Dublin

In 2007, I spent the summer working in Dublin, Ireland for a boutique real estate consulting firm. At the time, they were working with a number of agencies on the development of masterplanned communities, as well as on specific development projects. Real estate was booming and everyone wanted to be a part of it.[read more]

Report Shows Link Between Obesity and Lack of Supermarket Access in Michigan

Michigan Food Desert Impacts

Hunger very often hits children, who need nutrition to learn and develop, the hardest. Wanting to help solve this problem in Michigan, The Food Trust recently released a report outlining the scope of the problem and recommendations for an action plan.[read more]

Restoring Harbor City's Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park into an Ecological Oasis

Harbor City Restoration

Growing up in the housing projects of Harbor City, California, several of my childhood memories took place in the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. However, the last time that I visited this park—about three years ago—it had greatly deteriorated.[read more]

When Doing Time in A Prison Garden Means Redemption

May 2, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Prisoners can find gardening a redeeming occupation

For Katherine Cannella, Assoc. ASLA, who graduated with a master’s of landscape architecture from the University of Virginia in 2014, prison gardens offer an opportunity to create places to heal for those who must spend time outside of society. She wants to use landscape approaches to engage all members of the public, including those at the margins.[read more]

A Photo-Tour of Lagos Island: How Tourism, History and Commerce Can Coexist

May 2, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Exploring Lagos Island

Take a photo tour of Lagos Island, the historical heart of Lagos banking and commerce district & home of Nigeria's largest market. The buildings alone within this area are a display of Nigerian history, from the birth of Lagos (around 1300-1400 CE) till today. Despite all the history that encompasses this island, it is rarely visited for this purpose.[read more]