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Rendering of wildlife crossing over 101 freeway in Los Angeles County.

World's Largest Wildlife Overpass In the Works in Los Angeles County

Caltrans will soon close half of the 101 Freeway in order to continue construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing near Agoura Hills in Los Angeles County.

April 15, 2024 - LAist

Man sitting on wooden bench under tall streetlight at night.

Elevating the ‘Small Stuff’ in Urban Design

Chuck Wolfe recaps arguments in favor of increased attention to incidentals — from benches to bollards — in urban development practices.

April 4, 2024 - Resurgence: A Journey via Substack

Two large California live oaks in a field of dry grass.

California’s Live Oaks in Focus

The new exhibit explores the hidden network that allows heritage coast live oak trees to communicate with one another.

April 4, 2024 - Outlook Valley Sun

Aerial view of Ohana mental health facility in Monterey, California with wavy silver roof.

Mental Health Facility Uses Design to Improve Outcomes

Far from the drab and claustrophobic mental health facilities of cinematic fame, Ohana aims to serve patients in an aesthetically soothing, nature-driven environment.

March 27, 2024 - Bloomberg CityLab

Night view of Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania looking toward Philadelphia City Hall.

Reimagining a Major Philly Street for People, Not Cars

The Ben Franklin Parkway was originally designed as a bucolic escape from the city. It could be that way again.

March 24, 2024 - Next City

View from above of swan-shaped paddleboats with lights on around artesian fountain in Echo Park Lake with downtown Los Angeles skylien in background at twilight.

LA's Top Parks, Ranked

TimeOut just released its list of the top 26 parks in the L.A. area, which is home to some of the best green spaces around.

March 18, 2024 - TimeOut

Close-up of rounded weathered multicolored glass pieces on Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, California.

Transforming Landfills into Parks

Learn about eleven landfills that have been transformed into beautiful outdoor recreation spaces.

March 18, 2024 - Brightly

Wooden beachside boardwalk with benches in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Storm Erases $500,000 Massachusetts Sand Dune

A protective dune built with funds from city residents lasted just three days before being washed away in a storm.

March 14, 2024 - The Daily Beast

Person-height red 'Wilmington Waterfront Promenade' sign on concrete walkway with palm trees in background on waterfront walkway at the Port of Los Angeles, California.

New Waterfront Park Opens at the Port of Los Angeles

The $77.3 million new park offers unprecedented public access to the water’s edge for the Wilmington community where 18% of the total land area is taken up by oil refineries — almost 3.5 times more space than is dedicated to green space.

March 5, 2024 - The Architect's Newspaper

Overhead view of young children looking at plants growing in raised planter box.

Creating More Green Schoolyards in Los Angeles

Led by the Trust for Public Land, the “28×28” Initiative seeks to green 28 schools in Los Angeles by the 2028 Olympics.

February 27, 2024 - Spectrum News 1

Pink flowers in bloom in front of wood gazebo/pavilion in Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles.

The Importance of Botanical Gardens

Southern California is home to some of the best botanical gardens around. TimeOut just released its list of the top Japanese and botanical gardens, mansion and institution gardens, and urban and hidden gardens.

February 20, 2024 - TimeOut

Green lawn with historic buildings and Golden Gate Bridge in background in Presidio national park site in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco's Presidio Earns Fifth 'Green Flag' Award

The Presidio has been honored with the Green Flag Award for the fifth year in a row. The award is the most universally recognized international standard of quality for parks and green spaces.

January 29, 2024 - Green Flag Award

Sunset view of tall palm trees and shorter trees lining empty street with Los Angeles skyline and crescent moon in background.

Los Angeles Seeks Public Input for Urban Forest Plans

The County and City of Los Angeles are working together on community engagement efforts for their Urban Forest Management Plans (UFMPs).

January 9, 2024 - County of Los Angeles

Small plane on runway at Santa Monica airport with high-rise buildings in background.

Transforming the Santa Monica Airport Into a Great Park

The City of Santa Monica took a key step forward in the process of closing the airport, approving an agreement with Sasaki Inc. to assess existing site conditions, gather public input, and propose options for turning the airport into a park.

January 2, 2024 - Santa Monica Mirror

Pedestrian bridge with benches in Rochester, New York with brick buildings in background.

Rochester Updating Urban Forest Master Plan

The City of Rochester (NY) is working on an update to its Urban Forest Master Plan. This updates includes a community outreach process and addresses key issues such as environmental justice, climate change, and educational opportunities.

January 2, 2024 - RochesterFirst.com

View of Seattle skyline on clear sunny day with Space Needle on left and Mount Rainier in the background.

Seattle to Host 2024 Urban Parks Conference

In June 2024, City Parks Alliance, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, will hold the Greater & Greener conference, which will include a mix of indoor sessions and outdoor experiences focusing on urban parks.

December 27, 2023 - City Parks Alliance

Google street view of vacant lot in South Los Angeles in 2022.

Creating a New Park Where It is Most Needed

Los Angeles County just celebrated the grand opening of its newest park. Located in the community of Walnut Park, Nogales Park offers a gathering space and recreational amenities long desired by residents.

December 18, 2023 - UNE News Express

Green lawn in city park full of people sitting on lawn chairs with urban high-rises in background.

All We Want for the Holidays is…

Here are a dozen timely gift ideas for creating better communities.

December 15, 2023 - Todd Litman

Elevated view of five windcatcher ventilation towers on rooftops in Yazd, Iran.

How Design Can Help Mitigate Extreme Heat

To prepare for hotter summers, designers and architects can build resilience into the urban environment.

December 6, 2023 - Sheba Ross

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Upcycling a Landfill into a Regional Park

Los Angeles County is working with a consultant team led by Studio-MLA to transform 142 acres of the Puente Hills Landfill into parkland, creating the first new regional park in the county in over 35 years.

December 4, 2023 - Studio-MLA

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