What Dose of Nature Do We Need to Feel Better?

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Central Park, New York City / Drive the District There has been a boom in studies demonstrating the health benefits of spending time in nature, or even just looking at nature. But a group of ambitious landscape architects and psychologists are actually trying to determine how to prescribe a “nature…

The Challenges of Providing Public Space with Private Funds

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Central Park Conservancy sign in Central Park Park, NYC / Sallanscorner.wordpress.com In an age of ample private wealth and an increasingly constrained public sector, a number of American cities have become dependent on privately funded conservancies to maintain and refurbish their public parks. A new report by Peter Harnik, Hon.…

GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

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Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, 4-star SITES Certified project / Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society…

Landscape Architects: Make Your Voices Heard

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Mia Lehrer, FASLA, advocates for Silverlake Reservoir / Mia Lehrer Associates We work in a small, but timely profession. Our potential to impact the neighborhoods, communities, and cities where we work is huge. Though landscape architecture professionals make up just a small fraction of the design field, ours is the…

Materia Arquitectura #10: ‘Overlapping representations’

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Kingston University’s Assoc Prof Christoph Lueder, School of Architecture and Landscape presents his recent mapping research in Materia Arquitectura #10, December 2014 – ‘Overlapping representations’ – Editor Invitado: Nicolás Stutzin. This issue of Materia architecture revolves around the notion of “representation”. Nicholas Stutzin, its guest editor, open the delivery with…

Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California? | The Nature of Cities

California has long been a center of gardening culture. With a mild climate and a history of agricultural expansion followed by rapid urbanization, California’s ornamental gardens are populated by plant species and cultivars imported from all over the world. Many of these exotic species have become iconic, such as the palm trees, figs, and citrus … Continue reading Is There Room for Ornamentals in the Gardens of “New” California? | The Nature of Cities