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.… Continue reading The Challenges of Providing Public Space with Private Funds

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

Materia Arquitectura #10: ‘Overlapping representations’

Originally posted on Landscape Interface Studio:
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… Continue reading Materia Arquitectura #10: ‘Overlapping representations’

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

Designing Resilient Cities – creating a future Avalon

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Designing Resilient Cities – notes from Day 1 A note from the Vice-Mayor for Infrastructure to the Mayor cc Vice-Mayor for Sustainability Vice-Mayor for Engagement Vice-Mayor for Disruption The Public Avalon faces the risk of functional failure. The only way forward is to change. Our infrastructure is… Continue reading Designing Resilient Cities – creating a future Avalon