Landscape Architecture

April 25, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Children are integral to the urban environment, yet we have shrunk the places where they can play, grow and thrive. Creating natural environments where children are free to imagine and play without instruction and structure is critical to our future.</p>
The Financial Times, London
April 23, 2007, 7am PDT
In honor of Landscape Architecture Month, Planetizen profiles four students who are studying this influential discipline.
Nate Berg
April 20, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>After a two-year tree census, the city has been able to put a dollar amount on the value and benefits received from its trees.</p>
The New York Times
April 20, 2007, 5am PDT
<p>Native plants are increasingly being favored by cities to reduce the amount of water they use.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
April 15, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>Golf courses are becoming increasingly popular among developers, especially outside of the United States. The vast majority are being built as housing projects, consuming hundreds of acres of land, causing an increased strain on water resources.</p>
International Herald Tribune
April 12, 2007, 7am PDT
<p>An interview with Nikos Singeles of EPA's stormwater office reveals the Agency's perspective on managing watershed resources through a combination of smart growth and low impact development.</p>
April 10, 2007, 10am PDT
<p>Harris Steinberg, director of PennPraxis, outlines one important lesson from the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, which his organization is charged with leading. He describes the importance of open space as a catalyst for development.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2007, 7am PDT
Rodney Swink, past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, celebrates the role of landscape architecture in shaping the built and natural environment.
Rodney L. Swink
March 21, 2007, 6am PDT
<p>San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, whose city has typically been recognized for its environmental leadership, recently visited Chicago to observe the pioneering work of Mayor Daley in implementing green building principles and gather new ideas.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>A plant company owner in San Diego, California, is hoping his new vegetated roof will help the concept catch on with others in the region.</p>
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Blog post
March 6, 2007, 9pm PST

Our blog taskmaster, Christian, told me that my day for posting was going to be the 6th of every month, and that if I failed...well, let's just say he pointed me to this site and told me to be afraid.

So here I am, with an easy three hours before end-of-day.

Let's get started with a couple of blogs you should be reading (other than ours, of course). The action starts after the jump.

Blog post
February 27, 2007, 2pm PST

At Project for Public Spaces, Inc. we think successful public spaces are the key to the future of cities. By “successful spaces” we mean spaces that are used, but what we find more often than not, in the centers of cities, are some very bad spaces – meaning that they are pretty much devoid of opportunities to do anything – even though they look good. We have also found that the least successful spaces and buildings are often the newest ones.

February 21, 2007, 8am PST
<p>Companies are realizing that they can save money with green office buildings.</p>
February 20, 2007, 6am PST
<p>The city of Greensboro, North Carolina plans to create gardens that will serve as a gateway on the city's southeast side.</p>
News & Record
February 14, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Public parks across the nation are increasingly depending on private funding. So what's wrong with that?</p>
The Los Angeles Times
February 12, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>Plans for a massive glass skywalk over the Grand Canyon, hotels, and a golf course are aimed at revitalizing a small reservation but critics say the development will commercialize a natural and national treasure.</p>
February 8, 2007, 2pm PST
<p>President Bush's 2008 budget proposes $2.4 billion for the National Park Service.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
February 2, 2007, 1pm PST
<p>The long awaited master plan for transforming the concrete encased waterway is well received, though its projected cost remains a significant hurdle.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2007, 12pm PST
<p>Green roofs can cut air-conditioning bills, last longer than regular roofs, and are environment-friendly. Now they could help you save on taxes too.</p>
New York Daily News
January 30, 2007, 11am PST
<p>Geoff Manaugh interviews Architect Ed Mazria about his efforts to promote ecological literacy and his challenge to the architecture and planning community to stop climate change.</p>