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Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Imagines a Pedestrian-friendly Seattle – The Architect’s Newspaper, 4/16/14
“The streets of downtown Seattle are set for a major overhaul, thanks to a new master plan by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. As AN reported in our recent West Coast edition, the Seattle-based firm has made recommendations to improve the pedestrian realm ‘centers on uniting the fragmented parts of the Pike-Pine corridor, two major thoroughfares at the heart of the retail core running east-west from Interstate 5 to the waterfront.’”
Green Roofs Keep Pollutants out of Urban Waterways – American University News, 4/17/14
“Rooftop gardens, or green roofs, are known to reduce energy use in buildings and catch stormwater runoff, but new research from American University shows that green roofs also absorb pollutants. The research, which takes on an area that previously has not been explored widely by scientists, has implications for how cities can improve the health of their rivers, streams and estuaries.”
Designing Cities and Factories with Urban Agriculture in Mind – The Guardian, 4/23/14
“Urban farms are transforming inner city spaces – rooftops, infrastructure, streetscapes, building skin – into generative ecologies that support the lives of people, and pollinators too. They are bringing into cities, and into plain view, the natural systems that sustain urban life.”
Frederick Law Olmsted, Poet of the Urban Landscape – The Boston Globe, 4/25/14
“If leaving the world in better condition than you found it is a measure of greatness, Olmsted deserves to rank high on our list of great Americans. Working in the second half of the 19th century, a time of disorientingly rapid industrialization and urbanization, he did more than anyone else to make our cities livable, humane, and inspiring.”
Louisville Names Winners in Competition to Creatively Reuse Abandoned Lots Across the City – The Architect’s Newspaper, 4/28/14
“In January, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer implored local designers and developers to propose ideas for 250 of the city’s several thousand vacant lots. Last week they announced four winners, which included gardens of dye plants for local textile production; a Habitat for Humanity–style homeownership program; environmental remediation via lavender fields; and meditation gardens made of recycled materials.”
These articles were compiled by Phil Stamper-Halpin, ASLA Public Relations and Communications Coordinator.