Study of plants shows urban flora changes

UPI.com reports

U.S. scientists say a study of 70-year-old dried plant specimens from Indianapolis reveals the impact of increasing urbanization on plant diversity. Butler University researchers examined 2,800 dried plants collected around the city before 1940 and compared them with plants found at 16 field sites between 1996 and 2006, an article in the Journal of Ecology.

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Using sheep for traffic calming in Switzerland

Traffic calming is often boring and uninspiring use of speed humps, table tops, islands, circles, rumble strips. Recently Christophe Machet was commissioned by the Municipality of Gland in Switzerland and created a flock of reflective sheep getting lost in the city. By invading the streets, they force the drivers to slow down.

Spotted at Inhabitat

Melbourne: is that all there is? – an Airport as the gateway to the city

Bruce Guthrie wrote an article recently in The Age newspaper about the poor landscape that greets new arrivals to the city.

A FOREST of billboards greets visitors as they leave Melbourne Airport for the drive along Tullamarine Freeway to the city…

Surely we can do better. I’m not even asking for public art; in fact, I would settle for some decent landscaping on the freeway median strip and verges…..

Hong Kong it isn’t. That’s a showpiece, with dramatic vistas almost every metre of the drive to and from the airport. And it’s not Singapore either, manicured to within an inch of its life. But it could be Los Angeles’s LAX, an ugly duckling airport that with some thoughtful landscape architecture is now a popular postcard.

Read the full article at The Age – So, welcome to Melbourne: is that all there is?

Adam Greenfield – On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City.

Adam Greenfield at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

Landscape Performance Toolkit

The Landscape Foundation has posted a searcheable collection of online tools to measure landscape performance. The tools also allow users to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features. Calculators for air quality, watershed, construction carbon, erosion and many other factors.

go to Benefits Toolkit at the Landscape Foundation.

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