Tag: Development


Nature and Cities: An Interview with Armando Carbonell

About half of the world’s population currently lives in urban regions, making the future of our cities a topic of high priority in terms of social and environmental issues. That’s why this weekend, some of the chief thought leaders in the fields of urban design, development and planning are convening in Austin, Texas, for the…

Open Voices News Roundup: June 24

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. NatureSacred.org Announces Inaugural Six Grantees of the National Nature Sacred Awards Program The TKF Foundation’s National Nature Sacred Awards Program has named the first six projects of…

A Nature Place — Portland, OR: Quantifying Benefits of a Healing Garden among Hospital Populations

Six projects received this distinguished national award for researching the transformational power of nature in urban settings. Each project was chosen for combining the creation of tranquil, restorative spaces with rigorous study of their impact on users’ well-being and resilience. See the full list of projects here.  Print version of poster.  More A Nature Place team member interviews:  Dr. Alar…

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…

Recommended Reading: Maryland’s Commitment to Urban, Rural Forests

Recent legislation has demonstrated the state of Maryland’s commitment to “no net loss” of its urban and rural forests, according to an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun. “With this safeguard in place, we can be confident that Maryland’s air will be cleaner, our native wildlife habitats will be richer, and the Chesapeake Bay will be…

Open Voices News Roundup: June 3

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. Green Spaces Promote Happier Communities “A better mood might be as easy as a walk in the park. Literally. Because people living near parks or gardens seem…

Open Voices News Roundup: April 30

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. Tune Up Your Immune System in the Garden Sure, a backyard garden is a place of beauty, an attraction for birds, insects, and wildlife, and a personalized…

Open Voices News Roundup: April 22

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. Can America’s Greenest City Also Be a Shale Oil Powerhouse? The evidence of Philadelphia’s not-too-distant past as an industrial powerhouse is apparent to anyone who drives by…

Recommended Reading: Coverage of the 2013 APA National Planning Conference

Jonathan Nettler of Planetizen has been following the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference closely. The annual event has brought together experts from across the country, who all came to Chicago to discuss the present and future of how we lay out the world in which we live. Here are just a couple of the…

Open Voices News Roundup: April 15

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. The Completely Puzzling Relationship Between City Population and Parks The larger a city gets, the less infrastructure it needs per capita. At the same time, as populations…

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