Environment

A survey finds that increasing numbers of Americans did not participate in any physical activities in the last year. At least one feature of the build environment—access to school gyms—is blamed.
17 hours ago   The Wall Street Journal
A writer for a national environmental publication searches for middle ground in the climate change policy debate.
Apr 5, 2015   Grist
The French Parliament has approved legislation requiring commercial buildings to partially cover their rooftops in either plants or solar panels.
Apr 5, 2015   Architizer
Fusion has produced a multi-media exposé on the endangered Florida Everglades.
Apr 4, 2015   Fusion
A wet December was all California got—but it wasn't nearly enough to put a dent in the state's drought. The problem, in fact, got much worse over the winter season.
Apr 3, 2015   Los Angeles Times
While widespread urban farming remains pipe dream in the United States, dwindling arable land and a mass shift to cities might make it a necessity in China.
Mar 31, 2015   designboom
In NYC, unlike most areas in the United States, buildings, rather than transportation, are the major source of carbon emissions. Passive buildings, with their negligible heating and cooling costs, could help meet carbon reduction goals.
Mar 30, 2015   The New York Times - Real Estate
The Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago wants to get in on the recent upswing in crowdsourced planning solutions. They are looking to the public for input on the Chicago river system's future.
Mar 29, 2015   The Architect's Newspaper Blog
Operated by a pair of brothers, Finca Tres Robles is one of several Houston farms coaxing fresh produce from unused urban land. Increasingly, urban farmers compete with developers for space.
Mar 29, 2015   OffCite
Architects at NBBJ in London have designed a building—two buildings rather—that work together to cancel out the shadows they cast.
Mar 28, 2015   Wired
The LEED green building rating system doesn't acknowledge lumber from the state of Georgia as sustainable, so one state lawmaker suggests throwing out LEED altogether. Critics call it throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Mar 25, 2015   WABE