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About EcoDistricts - District-Scale Urban Development Firm. Nelson Megapolitan America. Untitled. Untitled. Poeticutility bustersimpson1998. Download 1473810442218. USFS: Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Today, many communities are looking to become more sustainable and livable.

USFS: Urban Tree Canopy Assessment

Improving a city’s tree canopy (i.e. tree cover) can have numerous benefits, from reducing summer peak temperatures to improving social ties among neighbors. These factors can help a community attract businesses and residents. The aim of the urban tree canopy (UTC) assessment is to help decision makers understand their urban forest resources, particularly the amount of tree canopy that currently exists and the amount that could exist.

The UTC assessment protocols have been applied to dozens of counties, cities, and towns in the United States and Canada. UTC Prioritizations UTC assessments provide urban resource managers with vital information to begin the goal setting and planning processes. Where is it socially desirable to plant trees? UTC Markets Using LiDAR to Quantify the Urban Tree Canopy New York City acquired LiDAR in the spring of 2010. Research Highlights. Andrea Zittel by Stefano Basilico. Andrea Zittel, Free Running Rhythms and Patterns: Version II, 2000, 1/4 inch walnut veneer panels, latex and oil-based vinyl lettering, black and white photographs: 27 panels each 79 × 31 5/8 × 2 inches.

Andrea Zittel by Stefano Basilico

All Images Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery. For over a decade, Andrea Zittel’s art has investigated the structures of life on every level, from the biological (selective breeding), to the social and domestic (furniture design and clothing), to the fantastic (self-designed escape vehicles). In her latest project, Zittel has moved away from the mundanity of daily life into the terrain of complete separation, in the form of a literal private island. What is apparent in all of her work, however, is that rather than offering definitive answers, Zittel’s art continually poses questions not only to her viewers but, most importantly, to herself. Significantly, Zittel has set up her life so that she will live with the consequences. Stefano Basilico Your house is very clean! AZ Yeah. AZ Yeah. Ground-up City: Play as a Design Tool - Liane Lefaivre.

Placemaking Gets Deep - Forecast Public Art. Mark VanderSchaaf, regional planning director of Minnesota's Metropolitan Council.

Placemaking Gets Deep - Forecast Public Art

Photo courtesy the Metropolitan Council. Andrea Zittel. A-Z Uniform Project, Second Decade Close. To add: The Guerrilla Gardening Home Page. Friends of the High Line. Project Types - communitecture ARCHITECTURE.

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Hand-in-Glove: A Social Response. Project Row Houses - African-American artists and community activists in Houston's Third Ward. Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists. The Art Basel Miami Beach art fair kicks off this week, an event that drew 75,000 people and 140 international museum and international groups in 2013.

Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

Millennium Villages – Center for Sustainable Development. The Millennium Villages Project’s sites are areas in which community-level work is done to advance MDG related goals in health, nutrition, and education.

Millennium Villages – Center for Sustainable Development

Accomplishments in these sectors will be documented over the life of the project. Areas of measurement will include malaria morbidity, access to water and sanitation, education attendance and performance, and availability of school meals. The findings will review lessons learned in empowering local communities to achieve the MDGs. CSD at the Earth Institute is home to the monitoring and evaluation and the systems design teams for the Millennium Villages. The monitoring and evaluation platform for the Millennium Villages has been established to assess progress towards the MDGs, and to compare Millennium Village Project sites to villages nearby not receiving the intervention, and national and sub-national data sets.

Places in the Making by MIT DUSP. How Deep Do Tree Roots Really Grow? Our 2010 blog entry by James Urban, FASLA, on the topic of how deep tree roots grow is consistently one of our most popular.

How Deep Do Tree Roots Really Grow?

Obviously there is a curiosity about this topic and a need for useful data about it. But the original post is a little technical and not as image-heavy as we’d like. So today we’re bringing you a new and improved version of the original post, with additional pictures and more simplified explanation of the factors that really influence how deep tree roots grow.

How deep tree roots grow depends on three simple factors. To answer this question I contacted Jim Urban, FASLA, a noted tree and soil expert. Roots require three things: water, oxygen, and soil compaction levels low enough (or with void spaces sufficiently large enough) to allow root penetration. Early studies of tree roots from the 1930s, often working in easy-to-dig loess soils, presented an image of trees with deep roots and root architecture that mimicked the structure of the top of the tree. UN-HABITAT Adopts First-Ever Resolution on Public Spaces. Resolution Requests UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director to Ensure the Application of Place-Making Internationally April 15, 2011- Nairobi, Kenya The Governing Council of UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlement Programme) has adopted the first-ever public space resolution which urges the development of a policy approach for the international application of Placemaking.

UN-HABITAT Adopts First-Ever Resolution on Public Spaces

Placemaking for Communities. Detroit Leads the Way on Place-Centered Revitalization. Future plans for Cadillac Square call for a lively marketplace / Image: PPS You may have heard about downtown Detroit’s big comeback story.

Detroit Leads the Way on Place-Centered Revitalization

Campus Martius has become one of America’s great urban squares. Demand for housing has outstripped supply for months. Major tech firms like Twitter are opening up offices in refurbished historic buildings. The Motor City’s historic core is ascendant. Yesterday, at an event hosted by Dan Gilbert of Rock Ventures LLC, downtown Detroit became the Rust Belt comeback kid to watch.