ASLA's The Dirt blog

October 8, 2010, 10am PDT
Leni Schwendinger says that cities don't pay enough attention to the way lighting effects the built environment. She's currently working on the lighting for Times Square's new pedestrianized streets.
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September 3, 2010, 6am PDT
100 Acres is the name (and size?) of a new park in Indianapolis that is a "hybrid of landscape, art, and architecture," according to Edward Blake, of Landscape Studio, the designers.
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August 11, 2010, 9am PDT
A U.S. ambassador is proposing a novel approach to helping Afghanistan -- since opium crops are rampant, why not find a way to turn poppies into biofuel?
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July 29, 2010, 1pm PDT
Non-profit TerraformOne held a design contest for ideas for creating productive green spaces in cities. Winners include plans to put seniors to work as farmers and a global system of levees.
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July 17, 2010, 11am PDT
Where the Bay Bridge touches down in San Francisco, a new plan is in the works to turn a motley collection of underused spaces into a vibrant park.
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June 10, 2010, 2pm PDT
Peter Harnik of the Trust for Public Land spoke recently about the challenges facing urban parks, and how they can be catalysts for revitalization and change when done correctly.
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May 5, 2010, 1pm PDT
Kathryn Gustafson of the firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol says that urban parks are an antidote to sprawl because they give city dwellers the room to breathe that often drives them to the suburbs.
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March 24, 2010, 11am PDT
A Silicon Valley startup is proposing to turn carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants into cement that can be used for everyday construction.
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March 11, 2010, 7am PST
Can historic preservation make room for evolution, and even change? UNESCO's Cultural Landscapes designation attempts to leave room for places to evolve without losing their character.
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January 13, 2010, 10am PST
Anthony Flint, recent author of a book about Jane Jacobs, talks to ASLA's The Dirt blog about her influence on urban design and landscape architecture.
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January 4, 2010, 9am PST
Landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma to design a waterfront park in Toronto. Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello served as inspiration.
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December 23, 2009, 10am PST
Vandergrift, PA was a company town designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1895. Today, the town is looking back to Olmsted's original plan to improve the town's sustainability.
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November 23, 2009, 2pm PST
NASA scientists are floating the idea that turning deserts on the equator into lush forests could single-handedly end global warming.
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October 27, 2009, 6am PDT
So says William Schroeer the State Policy Director at Smart Growth America, speaking at the High Speed Rail Conference in D.C. last weekend.
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October 5, 2009, 6am PDT
The American Society of Landscape Architects interviews Sandra James, City and Greenways Planner with the City of Vancouver, about her city's innovative practices.
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September 7, 2009, 1pm PDT
HOK is designing a brand-new, 8,000-acre city in India, and is taking design inspiration from a desert cactus.
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August 28, 2009, 2pm PDT
A new report claims that Central Park in New York added $1 billion to the economy in 2007, and the new High Line park added $4 billion in new real estate developments.
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August 7, 2009, 5am PDT
The American Society of Landscape Architects has released an extensive online guide to resources for sustainable urban development.
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July 14, 2009, 9am PDT
A paper published earlier this year by a team of professors argues that cities need to learn to become more resilient as resources become more scarce.
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April 15, 2009, 5am PDT
A new building going up in China is will be the as long as the Empire State Building is high. It will also be raised on columns to create a parkland underneath, giving the impression that it is floating.
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