September 2, 2013, 7am PDT
Ever wish your nearby park could follow you throughout the city, providing open space wherever you might be? An artist and landscape architect have created Parkcycle Swarm, a modular system of 'human powered mobile gardens'.
July 18, 2013, 6am PDT
In the capitals of Europe, the humble paver is being deployed as a powerful tool to refresh and enliven public spaces, writes Jared Green.
July 12, 2013, 1pm PDT
Jared Green looks at the floating forest that has made itself home aboard the decommissioned SS Ayrfield, 'a 1,140-tonne behemoth built in 1911 as a steam collier', that can be found bobbing in Australia's Homebush Bay.
October 5, 2012, 5am PDT
At the ASLA 2012 Annual Meeting, a panel of distinguished design critics discussed the need for landscape architecture to take on a greater leadership role in the planning and design of cities.
August 23, 2012, 9am PDT
With drought conditions not seen in the U.S. since the middle of the last century, the battle to maintain the lushest lawn in the neighborhood has heated up. <em>The Dirt</em> bloggers report on the growing trend of lawn painting.
August 16, 2012, 12pm PDT
According to a new research study out of the UK, green streets are much more effective at cutting pollution than previously thought.
July 27, 2012, 1pm PDT
Singapore de-channelizes an urban river as part of a plan to preserve more of its rainwater, creating a park in the process.
July 16, 2012, 7am PDT
Upending the adage that nothing gets done in D.C. these days, last week the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) released their long range plans for remaking the Southwest area of the capital, capping two years of intense debate.
July 5, 2012, 2pm PDT
Benjamin Wellington reviews a new book by Mark C. Childs, which paints a picture of the city as the product of a complex and highly detailed design hierarchy, from regional topography all the way down to the arrangement of indoor spaces.
June 26, 2012, 10am PDT
Benjamin Wellington, Student ASLA, favorably reviews Peter Del Tredici’s field guide to naturally-growing plants in urban areas.
June 21, 2012, 8am PDT
Nations like Denmark are leading the world in producing renewable energy. But the transition to renewables doesn’t just amount to the number of solar panels or wind turbines that can be built, it takes a smart grid to maximize their potential.
June 15, 2012, 7am PDT
A recent study concludes that investment in wildlife refuges leads to economic rewards.
June 8, 2012, 9am PDT
<em>The Dirt</em> reports on findings disclosed by this year's iteration of the Yale and Columbia University produced Environmental Performance Index (EPI). A new metric unveiled this year tracks the trend in each country's environmental performance.
May 13, 2012, 11am PDT
ASLA's blog, <em>The Dirt</em>, dishes on how sushi, an ancient food, became modern in Tokyo, and conquered the world.
March 4, 2012, 5am PST
The American Society of Landscape Architects examines the implications of squeezing teens out of the public sphere.
February 10, 2012, 9am PST
In a lengthy interview with ASLA's blog, <em>The Dirt</em>, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder of the High Line, details the birth, life, and lessons of the phenomenally successful park.
February 8, 2012, 9am PST
Mark Hough laments the chronic, debilitating inferiority complex afflicting Landscape Architects and the crutch that Frederick Law Olmsted provides.
January 22, 2012, 1pm PST
<em>The Dirt</em> profiles three recent projects that play with the ideas of landscape, nature, and the eye of the beholder.
January 13, 2012, 6am PST
A key ruling on whether and/or how to allow the High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (or fracking) method of extracting natural gas is imminent in New York State. The decision could set a nationwide precedent.
November 22, 2011, 1pm PST
Kevin Conger is CEO and one of the founding partners of Conger Moss Guillard (CMG) Landscape Architecture. A recent redevelopment project was labeled as a "climate positive." Conger explains how it meets those standards along with other projects.