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News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities

Friday Flower: Name This Bloom!

08/24/12 | View Comments

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is?

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Creating Urban Density With Reflective Spaces: A Q&A With Green Developer Jonathan Rose

08/22/12 | View Comments

Back when we were at the Greater & Greener Conference, we attended a panel by green real estate developer Jonathan Rose. Our ears perked up when he mentioned incorporating a labyrinth into one of his housing projects — as you might know about us, we love labyrinths and believe that quiet, nature-filled spaces in urban areas are necessary for residents’ mental health and for unifying a community.

Rose has a storied past — he’s led the way in developing green affordable housing and continues to focus on green building and transportation, as well as mental and phsyical health of the residents in his buildings. We sat him down for a Q&A where we discussed how to incentivize green, healthy developments; why we need more reflective spaces as urban density increases; and much more.

Open Voices: You founded your company in 1989. What moved you to address green development issues before it became a popular movement?

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Open Voices News Roundup: August 20

08/20/12 | View Comments
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back every Monday for our news roundups.
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Friday Flower: Name This Bloom!

08/17/12 | View Comments

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is?

 

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Making Real, Large Changes in Your Community: A Q&A with Erin Barnes of ioby

08/15/12 | View Comments
How can you be the opposite of a NIMBY? Join ioby (in our backyard), an online platform that funds local environmental and community projects. We talked to one of ioby's founders about how neighborhoods can green vacant lots, get support from donors to make green changes, and more. Read more
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Open Voices News Roundup: August 13

08/13/12 | View Comments
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back every Monday for our news roundups. Read more.
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Friday Flower: Name This Bloom!

08/10/12 | View Comments

Every Friday we publish a new Friday Flower. We ask our readers, as a game, to identify the flower. Here’s today’s beautiful bloom — anybody know what it is?

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Greening Vacant Lots Can Reduce Crime

08/09/12 | View Comments
More studies and news backing up our belief that nature heals and unifies: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania published a study that says cleaning and greening empty lots can make people feel safer. Read more
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INFOGRAPHIC: Why We Must Get Outside

08/08/12 | View Comments

If you know our foundation, you know our love for nature — is healing and unifying properties are one of the most important tenets we hold. In a time when modern man is more and more surrounded by the built world, beset by ever increasing stress and overwhelmed by technology, the need for open, sacred places in nature is more important than ever. And our ultimate vision is a world in which opportunities abound for all individuals to experience peace and well being through a personal connection to nature and spirit.

That’s why, when we came across this infographic by the David Suzuki Foundation and CottageCountry.com, we fell in love. It explains the many, many benefits of being outdoors in nature in a lovely package. Take a look, and then tell us in comments — what benefits do you get from being in nature?

Click on the infographic to see it full-size

 

Infographic by CottageCountry.com and the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Open Voices News Roundup: August 6

08/06/12 | View Comments
Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back every Monday for our news roundups. Read more
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