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September 05 2012

Tending the Urban Forest in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada

September 5th, 2012Posted by 

On opposite sides of the country are two of Canada’s iconic cities: Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. In this age of green building practices and sustainable development, both cities are pushing forward to be leaders in environmentally conscious city planning and design. Toronto has adopted a green roof strategy and passed bylaws to require […]

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August 31 2012

Time for Good: A Humanitarian Social Platform in Istanbul, Turkey

August 31st, 2012Posted by 

Have ever you tried to get services without using any regular exchange tools like money? Have you been to a bank where your savings are deposited as in units of “time?” Zumbara is a social platform where you exchange services with other people and are paid by time as currency instead of money. Saved hours […]

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August 28 2012

Economic Consequences of the Closing of June Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA

August 28th, 2012Posted by 

June Mountain is located approximately 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. Opened in 1961, the ski area provides the economic epicenter of June Lake, CA, a small, unincorporated community in Mono County. Unfortunately, on June 21, 2012, the day that the mountain was supposed to open for summer activities, […]

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August 24 2012

Responsible Waste Management: Coming to a Curb Near You

August 24th, 2012Posted by 

According to the EPA, in 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled materials, while composting over 85 million tons of material. Environmental sustainability and responsible resource use are important political and urban planning topics. A study conducted by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor revealed that Detroit is the only major […]

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August 17 2012

Istanbul, Turkey’s Silhouette: UNESCO World Heritage Status Might Go

August 17th, 2012Posted by 

Istanbul, one of the oldest cities in the world, is often considered to be amongst the most beautiful ones. The city served as a capital for Byzantium, East Roman, and Ottoman Emperors, as well as the most popular for the Turkish Republic. All along, Istanbul’s seven hills, serpentine waterside, dark cypress trees, and vertically slender minarets break […]

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August 06 2012

From Roving Homeless Encampment to Well-Designed, Permanent Affordable Village: Quixote in Olympia, Washington

August 6th, 2012Posted by 

Since Camp Quixote began in February 2007, as a protest on a city-owned plot of land in downtown Olympia, it has moved from church-to-church across the city – every few months.  In 2010 Camp Quixote began to take steps to establish a permanent settlement that would provide living, community, and gardening space for the homeless.  […]

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August 03 2012

Environmental and Social Impacts of Canal Istanbul Project, Turkey

August 3rd, 2012Posted by 

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the current government, Justice and Development Party (AKP), will undergo the biggest project of all times for Istanbul, aptly named “The Crazy Project” by Istanbulites, no one ever thought it would be an artificial sea-level waterway crossing through the entire European side of Istanbul, connecting the […]

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July 31 2012

How the New Zero Emissions Legislation in California Affects Air Quality Monitoring in Mammoth Lakes, California

July 31st, 2012Posted by 

California has the worst air quality in the nation, boasting 10 out of the 25 cities most polluted by short-term particle pollution. In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved new emissions rules for cars and light trucks on January 31, 2012. The mandate requires an increase […]

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July 26 2012

Pop-Up Place and Biomimicry in Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 26th, 2012Posted by 

Revitalization and renewal are such commonly used buzzwords that they’ve lost some of their impact.  But the urban landscape is one that will always require fresh efforts of adaptation to shifting trends.  The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota have recently witnessed new attempts to accommodate changes in economy, transportation, and consumerism. One […]

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July 10 2012

Social Entrepreneurship in the City of Oaks: A Day at Raleigh City Farm, North Carolina

July 10th, 2012Posted by 

Lacking the time to study up on the latest New Urbanism manifesto? A visit to Raleigh City Farm, of Raleigh, North Carolina, may provide a substantially accurate visual summary. This eight-week-old, 1.3 acre “social enterprise” is picturesquely situated between Peace College and Historic Mordecai neighborhood, granting the urban farm a ten-minute walk from the heart of […]

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July 09 2012

Growing Healthy Food and People Through City Community Gardens in Olympia, Washington

July 9th, 2012Posted by 

The City of Olympia adopted a Parks, Arts & Recreation Plan on August 10, 2010 that found “[a]s a result of population increase and urban densification, back-yards are decreasing in size. This absence of a personal piece of land has also [led] to the increased demand for community gardens. [The 10 year Parks] plan responds […]

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July 06 2012

5 Ways Brownfield Redevelopment Practices Have Gone Wrong in Richmond, Virginia

July 6th, 2012Posted by 

Those pesky Brownfield sites can create great opportunities or can be worrisome problems. In Richmond, Virginia Brownfield sites can be found in many locations throughout the city. Brownfield sites are defined as “old abandoned industrial properties where potential hazardous or unsafe materials might exist.” Over time, brownfields can infect a community with major problems like […]

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July 03 2012

Landscape Architecture Themed Business Card Designs

July 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Being able to market yourself is an important skill in any field; and landscape architecture is no exception. In the fast-paced environment that we live in today, you have to be your own advocate. Social networking is an important skill to develop and business cards help make it easier. It’s important to remember that social […]

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June 22 2012

Designing an Energy Efficient House in Istanbul – Part 1: The Current Situation

June 22nd, 2012Posted by 

When need for energy peaked in the recent decades and the world’s energy resources decreased simultaneously, the word sustainability became very popular. From transportation to food; textile to furniture; brands show their compassion for nature by putting a “green” in front of their products’ name. “Green House” is often uttered by urbanists and architects who […]

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June 11 2012

Non-Regulatory, On-the-Ground, and Effective in Conserving Private Land in Western Washington: Conservation Districts

June 11th, 2012Posted by 

Until I became a Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps member at the Thurston Conservation District (TCD), I had never heard of conservation districts and the tremendous impact they have on private land in Washington State and across the United States. Established during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, Conservation Districts were created through “A Standard State […]

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June 05 2012

Social Media Implementation by Sasaki Associates, Inc.: An International Planning and Design Consultancy

June 5th, 2012Posted by 

Planning should be participatory; however, it’s often very difficult to get stakeholders to contribute to planning processes. Mail-in survey return rates are low, and more often than not, residents don’t want to sit through a Saturday morning design charette. Marketing online and social media platforms give urban planners and architects a set of contemporary tools […]

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May 25 2012

Human Capital for Recycling: Waste Pickers in Istanbul, Turkey

May 25th, 2012Posted by 

Do you know that some people live on other people’s garbage by recycling contents like metal, glass, paper and plastic? Have you ever seen such a person carrying all those contents in a huge hopsack bag on two wheels with two long sticks? Those people are waste-pickers; the most important components of the recycling process […]

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May 18 2012

“Empowered, Intentional, Bold:” TechTown Detroit, Michigan Values at Work

May 18th, 2012Posted by 

Once home to the innovations of the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, American Electrical Heater Company and General Motors, the New Center area breathes new life into Detroit, Michigans’s entrepreneurial spirit. In April 2004, the partially-renovated Chevy Creative Services building designed by architect Albert Kahn, opened its doors to Detroit’s start-up community as TechOne. The TechTown […]

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May 17 2012

Hello, Goodbye to Global Site Plans – The GRID

May 17th, 2012Posted by 

Oh, Global Site Plans – where did those 6 months go? After I graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s in English & American Literature, I reached a revelation – I wished I had studied environmental science. During my long contemplation in finding a detour to reach that obscure goal, I realized that I […]

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May 11 2012

Istanbul Design Biennial: A First for Turkey

May 11th, 2012Posted by 

Istanbul will host its first design biennial between October 13 – December 12, 2012. The theme is proposed by the director of London Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, as “imperfection.” This theme refers to Istanbul, a city far from being perfect, yet one of the most inspiring centers of the world, with infinite layers. Istanbul Design […]

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