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Green Infrastructure: Cities
Trees create a sense of balance in dense building environments. Trees
and plants mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, create animal habitat
and filter and absorb stormwater runoff. Not only are trees beneficial
to the environment and humans’ health, in urban areas, they can offer
economic benefits, including increased property values
Federal, state, and local policies are needed regarding the
appropriate use of native, indigenous, noxious, and invasive tree and
plant species. Plant and tree professionals, advocacy groups, and
government agencies can facilitate sound plant selection and planting
practices. Native plant communities of a region provide the strongest
cues to the unique identity of a place, and generally require less
maintenance and irrigation. Both design and scientific approaches…
The Poetics of Becoming
The Poetics of Becoming documents the creation of the Parklands of Floyds Fork – one of the nation’s largest and most ambitious park projects – through the camera lens of one of the park’s designers. The black and white photographs trace the development of the landscape from a bucolic farmland to a dynamic construction site to what would soon be one of the most active parks in the country. The Poetics of Becoming presents the act of becoming though a series of paired photographs – each meant to create an open dialogue about a particular narrative of the park. These have been categorized into five different organizational classifications: Frames, Connections, Flows, Portraits and Moods. The Poetics…
Brilliant zero-energy air conditioner in India is beautiful and functional
Ant Studio made a zero-electricity air conditioner to combat the brutally hot summers in New Delhi.
Can Do profile
At the speed of Puget Sound Thanks in part to booming tech and aerospace economic sectors, employment and growth in Seattle have accelerated to new highs over the last decade. Its regional economy is perhaps best known for big suburban employers Microsoft and Boeing, but over the last decade, the region’s economic growth …
How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art
Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.