Tag: Architecture


Recommended Reading: The Benefits of Urban Beekeeping

The increasing movement of people to urban city centers is also bringing other demographic shifts. This includes the business of beekeeping, which is growing in popularity on rooftop gardens in urban areas. The rise of city-dwelling bees is also producing a symbiotic relationship with their human neighbors. Bees are essential for pollination in urban environments,…

Recommended Reading: Growing benefits of Green Walls

There are many innovative ways to introduce more greenspace into the concrete jungles of urban areas. Though there may not always be enough land to cultivate a community garden, landscape architects are starting to think more vertically. Green walls, or a vertical garden, can have a positive impact on cities from improving the aesthetic to…

Resilient Design: An Interview with Nancy Chikaraishi and Traci Sooter

Open Voices is taking the opportunity to get to know some of the different team members from our National Awards grantee projects. You can find previous interviews with other team members here. Neither Nancy Chikaraishi, AIA, or Traci Sooter, AIA , LEED AP,  are strangers to applying their skills as architects to help their local community….

Recommended Reading: Designing with Nature in Mind

Healthcare design in the past favored stark white and institutional structures that promoted a sense of cleanliness. But research shows that poor design strategies can actually have a negative effect on patients — inhibiting recovery, increasing anxiety and even increasing the amount of medication prescribed. Biophilia is essentially the innate attraction people feel toward nature….

Open Voices News Roundup: June 10

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items. Is Our Disconnect From Nature a Disorder? “Somewhere during the American experience, between Teddy Roosevelt and color TV, being outdoors and maybe even working up a sweat…

Open Voices News Roundup: March 18

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items. A City Center Becomes a Garden Aberdeen, a city in Scotland, is not only transforming its urban center into a garden and cultural center, but also making…

Open Voices News Roundup: February 4

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items. What Cities Can Do with Vacant Lots The bursting of the housing bubble wreaked havoc on cities across the United States causing widespread blight in once-thriving community…

Open Voices News Roundup: September 4

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. This week: the economics of environmental conservation; how some buildings can heal; and where urban trees really come from….

Recommended Reading: Corners of Green Serenity in Japan

From the New York Times comes a lovely article about “tsubo-niwa” — very small gardens that are popular in Japan, where urban apartments often can’t support a larger outdoors space. Though these gardens and green spots are quite petite — often no larger than the same area that would be covered by a king-sized mattress…

"Just for today I am grateful for being alive and to have this quiet space."

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