Honda: Designing More Than Just Sustainable Cars

19 hours 32 minutes ago
On the University of California’s Davis campus sits a live-in model of the future of home design. Known as the Honda Smart Home, the building boasts more than just curbside appeal. Using passive house design, rooftop solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and greywater capture, the Honda Smart Home was awarded the Best Demonstration Home of 2014 by Green Builder Media.

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Greenhouse Gnome

Urbanism By Any Other Name

1 week ago
In our ongoing quest for improving cities, we have come up with all manner of tactics for “good” urbanism, some of which even have organizations attached to their guiding principle. In my career, I’ve done my best to collect these approaches (so to speak) in an attempt to trace the disparate threads we in the urbanist community have woven over time.

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The Shift Towards Nature-based Recreation

1 week ago
Four Principles to be on the Cutting EdgeThe most prominent national recreation trend to emerge in the past 10 years, is the shift away from organized sports-oriented recreation to nature-based recreation. Demand for trails, wildlife viewing, and other nature-based recreation activities have nearly doubled in the past 20 years.  In a national poll by the National Recreation and Park Association, respondents listed being close to family and nature as well as being physically active as their top three reasons for visiting a park.

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Understanding Recyclable and Renewable Materials for Sustainable Living

1 week 1 day ago
Sustainability is a necessity in the 21st century. Both recyclable and renewable resources will aid in making the planet safer, greener, and better for future generations. Recycling is the practice of transforming waste products into new supplies and products. Renewable resources are resources that have the capability to be naturally and organically replaced in a set time period. With the impending threat of climate change, understanding the difference and spreading awareness about both recyclable and renewable materials for sustainability is essential.

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Philip Piletic

Preserving Trees on a Development Site: Contractor’s Best Practices

1 week 2 days ago
Good design preserves existing trees during a development project. However, the most tree-sensitive design will not be enough if tree-friendly building practices are not in place. Many times a tree that was damaged during development may not show symptoms of decline for a few years, so the cause and effect is often not obvious unless an arborist is consulted to determine the cause of the decline.

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10 Common Ground Principles for Affordable Housing

2 weeks 2 days ago
Paul Kershaw, co-founder of Generation Squeeze, speaking at an affordability rally on the steps of Vancouver Art Gallery on May 24, 2015 When it comes to affordable housing, what can we all agree needs to be done?Last year, Generation Squeeze brought together a group of housing sector leaders in Vancouver to take a big picture approach to the affordability crisis affecting many Canadian communities. They agreed on 10 “common ground” principles for affordable housing, which were released last week.

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This City Life

Leeds’ Urban Renewal Brings Trees to the City CentreSilva Cell Case Study

2 weeks 2 days ago
The City of Leeds, located in West Yorkshire, is the second largest legal and financial center in the UK, as well as one of its most rapidly growing cities. In recent years, Leeds’ City Council has undertaken major urban renewal and redevelopment initiatives to help strengthen the local economy and to continue to develop the city as a regional capital. The Sovereign Square development is part of the Council’s masterplan to regenerate the South Bank area of the city, a historic, formerly industrial area that is becoming Leeds’ new digital and creative hub.

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