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.
Who should 'own' the land for the sake of the environment? While tragedy of the commons begets a lack of responsibility, complete ownership confers no responsibility towards anyone or anything apart from your own interests.
"Soundscape" refers to both the natural acoustic environment (animals and sounds from trees, water, weather, etc.) and sounds created by humans (human activities, sounds of mechanical origin, etc.). How can designers ensure that quiet spaces exist in the middle of a roaring city?
Researchers aim to show that picturesque shrub gardens are an achievable goal.
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.
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.
Homebuilders are getting greener, both in the products and practices they use and in the certifications they and their clients seek for their finished projects
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.
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.
The mark from the American Society of Civil Engineers remains unchanged from 2013, but the amount needed to repair infrastructure has risen by $1 trillion.
A new paper offers guidelines for designing and evaluating expensive utility modernization proposals
As residents and regulators push back on high-profile facilities, industry professionals say community engagement is key.
A new white paper from New York–based architecture and planning firm Perkins Eastman and Ontario, Canada–based Three H Furniture Systems outlines the health and worker productivity benefits of activity-based workplace design.
More details on energy policy continue to trickle out of the White House, with Bloomberg reporting that an upcoming budget for the Department of Energy will cut $700 million or more from an office focused on clean energy technology.
Almost every community planning document stresses the need to achieve a mode-shift away from the private automobile towards a more sustainable and equitable tra
Efforts to make energy-efficiency updates to Virginia’s residential new construction code are facing pushback from homebuilders who say the changes will raise the cost to build.
The good news is that benches aren’t the only seating possibility in our parks and public spaces.
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.
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.