Category Archives: Climate

Have Tree, Will Travel

Some imperiled plants need help moving to places where they can thrive.

By Kevan Williams

A torreya sapling growing in North Carolina and a photograph of its parent tree.
A torreya sapling growing in North Carolina and a photograph of its parent tree.

For more than 200 years, naturalists and plant enthusiasts have come to the woods along the Altamaha River in south Georgia, searching for a horticultural holy grail: a wild Franklinia alatamaha, William Bartram’s “lost camellia.” Continue reading Have Tree, Will Travel

Rotterdam’s Boundless Biennale

Urban by Nature puts a spotlight on landscape architecture’s role in the Anthropocene.

By Jessica Bridger 

Visitors roam the Urban by Nature exhibits on opening day.

The landscape architect Dirk Sijmons wants to make a double point with the name of “his” biennale—the 6th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR)—which opened in late May. Continue reading Rotterdam’s Boundless Biennale

Dredge in Many Flavors

An award-winning student project shows off dredged materials’ potential to restore habitats and reconnect the city.

Edison Park Site Proposal: A raised circulation system embraces a contained dredge production facility. Images courtesy of Matthew D. Moffitt.
Edison Park Site Proposal: A raised circulation system embraces a contained dredge production facility. Images courtesy of Matthew D. Moffitt.

The Penn State undergraduate Matthew Moffitt won the 2013 ASLA Student Award of Excellence in General Design by showing that not all dredge is created equal. Continue reading Dredge in Many Flavors

Backstage at Rebuild by Design

The Institute for Public Knowledge will run the second phase of the design competition.

By Adam Regn Arvidson, FASLA

Ten teams convened for education sessions as part of the Rebuild by Design competition.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and its partners this past summer announced the 10 finalist teams for Rebuild by Design (RBD), a multistage competition to rethink development in the New York City area after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Continue reading Backstage at Rebuild by Design

Rebuilding, in Many Guises

The Rebuild by Design competition aims to protect against the next storm while improving New Yorker’s quality of life.

By Alex Ulam

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In a lecture hall at New York University packed with politicians, planners, and students, an army of designers gathered Monday morning to show the initial stages of their ideas in the Rebuild by Design competition. Continue reading Rebuilding, in Many Guises

The Utterly Meaningless Agenda 21

In sustainability programs and smart growth, some people see a United Nations plot to take over your community. 

By Linda McIntyre

The commissioners of Baldwin County, Alabama, are set to decide this month whether to file the comprehensive county plan the commission adopted in July 2009—a plan that cost $280,000—in the garbage can. Continue reading The Utterly Meaningless Agenda 21