Landscape Architecture

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
March 17, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>As part of its yearly tradition, officials in Chicago have dyed the Chicago River green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
March 17, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>Officials in Miami-Dade County have just released their parks master plan, an ambitious proposal that looks to go beyond creating park space by redefining the region's public realm.</p>
The Miami Herald
March 14, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>A proposal to stack millions of concrete blocks containing ashes of the deceased in a gigantic pyramid in Germany is attracting proposals from architects -- and some skepticism.</p>
BBC
March 11, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Urban projects have resulted in the paving over of significant chunks of parkland in Melbourne, Australia -- land set aside more than 150 years ago to act as the city's lungs.</p>
The Age
March 8, 2008, 7am PST
<p>A team of researchers has shown that in urban landscapes -- such as in the cracks of sidewalks -- plant species must evolve their reproduction habits to stay alive.</p>
MSNBC
March 7, 2008, 8am PST
<p>With a focus on public spaces, Flint, Michigan, is looking to revitalize itself.</p>
Making Places
March 6, 2008, 6am PST
<p>The Project for Public Spaces offers this checklist to help determine if your city is a "great" city.</p>
Making Places
February 29, 2008, 6am PST
<p>Nearly 100 million American households have tended a garden or lawn since 2005, a significant increase from years past. According to estimates, much of the rise is due to younger adults getting out in their gardens.</p>
Publishers Weekly
February 28, 2008, 11am PST
<p>A coalition of civil rights groups are concerned that the plans to redesign Washington D.C.'s National Mall will spatially restrict free speech and public protests, a charge the National Park Service rejects.</p>
AlterNet
February 26, 2008, 7am PST
<p>Creating beautiful public spaces is crucial to improving sense of community, according to urban designers looking to revitalize the Mississippi town of Tupelo.</p>
Daily Journal (Northeast Mississippi)
February 25, 2008, 12pm PST
<p>Palm Springs -- once the epicenter of Spring Break -- is criticized by many for lacking public spaces. Now, a collection of architects, planners and urban designers have put out some ideas for improving the city.</p>
The Desert Sun
February 25, 2008, 7am PST
<p>After the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the Beltline project could not use school funds from a tax-increment financing funding source, what next?</p>
Creative Loafing
February 25, 2008, 6am PST
<p>This post from <em>Pruned</em> looks at a proposal to turn a contaminated reservoir into a "bioremediating ecological machine".</p>
Pruned
February 22, 2008, 6am PST
<p>A group of researchers is using mapping and satellite data to help cities quantify their tree canopy cover -- a move that is spurring efforts to increase tree planting in cities across the country.</p>
Associated Press
February 20, 2008, 6am PST
<p>Mark Ames, author of "Going Postal", wonders if American gun tragedies like last week's massacre at Northern Illinois University might be at least partially explained by the bleak physical built environments of middle America.</p>
AlterNet