Landscape Architecture

Blog post
April 16, 2008, 11am PDT
Can any North American city have a meaningful public discussion about sustainability, about its "green-ness" or ecological footprint, without having the challenging but necessary public discussion about the city's density? 

Many are still trying to. Many freely trumpet smart growth and sustainability without the tension and trouble that comes with discussing the "d-word" openly, and thus avoid the necessary heavy-lifting. Few politicians, and embarrassingly not enough city planners, are willing to tackle the density issue publicly, as it is still what Sustainable Urbanism author Douglas Farr calls the "3rd rail" of sustainable city building.

Brent Toderian
April 14, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>In response to the growing demand for urban greenspace, cities around the nation on working on plans for large new parks -- rivaling the urban park boom during the 19th or early 20th century.</p>
USA Today
April 13, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Green roofs offer an opportunity for outdoor space and gardening for people with little or no yards.</p>
The Hartford Courant
April 12, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Old subway cars are being dumped off the coast of Delaware, creating a manmade reef. Life is flourishing in this new underwater subway cemetery, but officials worry the reef may be too successful.</p>
The New York Times
Blog post
April 9, 2008, 3pm PDT

Long before I arrived here, I've been a fan and student of Vancouver city-building.  

Brent Toderian
April 5, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Parking structures topped off with synthetic fields offer a practical solution for areas where parking and recreation space is in short supply.</p>
Athletic Business
April 3, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The upcoming public art project by artist Olafur Eliasson that will place free-standing waterfalls in the waters around New York City highlights the power public art has to generate economic development and revenue for cities.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
April 2, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>A real estate developer in Southhampton Village, New York is planting over 400 mature trees on an undeveloped plot of land -- hoping to recreate the area's historic scenery and make a fortune in the process.</p>
The New York Times
April 2, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A new book from Landscape Architect Professor Carl Smith provides designers with an easy-to-use checklist for building sustainable housing.</p>
University of Arkansas
March 30, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>The city of Los Angeles is currently sitting on more than $130 million dollars intended to build parks. But those funds are tied to council districts high in development, leaving districts with little development high and dry.</p>
LA Weekly
March 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A proposed public art piece featuring a bronze statue of the "Happy Days" character Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli has many up in arms about the process creating and approving public art.</p>
The Next American City
March 28, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>Slate</em> looks at the "stupidest bike lane" -- a stretch of painted bicycling road that runs for less than one block. </p>
Slate
March 28, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A new zoning requirement passed by the New York City Planning Commission will require all new developments to plant trees along the street.</p>
The New York Times
March 26, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>This piece from <em>The Tyee</em> offers ideas about how to recreate streets into lively public green spaces.</p>
The Tyee
March 25, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A public art exhibit in a Baltimore park has elicited complaints and compliments from various voices in the city. But like it or not, the art is good for the city's consideration of and connection to its public spaces, according to this editorial.</p>
The Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>A policy requiring new commercial developments to include public spaces has created more than a dozen new public places in downtown San Francisco since the 1980s. Some say more effort is needed to make these public places known by the public.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The city of Tempe, Arizona, is experimenting with brightly colored bike lanes to try to improve bicycle safety.</p>
East Valley Tribune
March 23, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Pianos have popped up in random public places in Birmingham, England -- a public art installation that passively invites passersby to take a seat and tickle the ivory.</p>
The Guardian
Blog post
March 21, 2008, 5pm PDT
We all know there's a lot of planning going on around the world. Much of it is poor, short-sighted and generally just no good. But there are also some really great ideas being developed and adopted, and they should be considered by cities and communities all over the world as instructive examples of good planning. Here are what I think are some of the best ideas in urban planning from the last week.
Nate Berg
March 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>StreetFilm</em> shows the extensive traffic calming efforts taken by one beach community in Australia.</p>
Streetsblog