Tennessee’s Urban Forests Valued in the Billions

Overton Park | Memphis, Tennessee | Image Credit: Flickr User: duluoz-cats

Tennessee’s urban forests, currently valued at about $80 billion, also provide almost $650 million in benefits such as carbon storage, pollution removal, and energy reduction according to a new U.S. Forest Service report.

The authors of Urban Forests of Tennessee, 2009 (published in early 2012) found there are 284 million trees in urban areas in the state, with canopies covering 33.7 percent of 1.6 million acres of urban area. Those urban forests provide an estimated $204 million per year in pollution removal and $66 million per year in energy savings. The study is the first of its kind in Tennessee.

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CNU 20 West Palm Beach Urban Design Competition

West Palm Beach Aerial (Flickr user: Captain Kimo)

AuthentiCity is an urban design competition held in conjunction with the Congress for the New Urbanism’s 20th annual Congress in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bringing the world’s foremost minds in urban design, planning, architecture, engineering, and policy making together offers a unique opportunity to give back to the host community of West Palm Beach.

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City creates Pop-up Park in Yarraville

Pop-up Park in Yarraville

Part of bustling Ballarat St in Yarraville, Australia (a suburb of Melbourne)has been transformed into a “pop‐up” park for a short term project which is introducing more open space into the Yarraville Village. The pop‐up park is one of a few installed in Australia on a public street and is inspired by similar parks installed overseas in New York, San Francisco and London.

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Colorado Esplanade | Santa Monica | Peter Walker Partners Landscape Architecture

The proposed Colorado Avenue Esplanade Project will integrate the Expo Light Rail into the Downtown, streamlining the existing intersection functions and guiding passengers to their business, shopping, cultural and entertainment destinations. The project accomplishes this with a combination of major urban design improvements at the Downtown Expo Station Plaza and along Colorado Avenue between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue. The improvements organize and simplify the flow of pedestrians, vehicles and bicycles, and provide more detailed directional cues such as new signage and green street improvements that clarify pathways, improve wayfinding, enhance landscaping, and provide public art.

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This Week in Landscape | 19 February 2012

This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web

Marriott Green Roof | Victoria Canada | Flickr User: pnwra

Ecosystems and Economics – How green roofs can improve our cities | Charlotte Sankey | The Big City
The question is, will conservationists and natural capitalists spot the opportunity retrofits present to bring our built environment into harmony with valuable ecosystems?

How Do You Wean People Off Cars? By Rebranding Bikes And Buses | Skibsted Ideation | Co.Design
The only way to get consumers to choose cheaper, more efficient transportation is to make it the cool option

An Early Eco-City Faces the Future | Michael Tortorello | post gazette
For decades now, visitors have asked what it would take to finish Arcosanti. Maybe it’s time for a different question. Why doesn’t everyone choose to live this way?

Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies | LAGI 
As a part of the Land Art Generator Initiative, has put together this free Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies that we hope can be a useful resource for all designers, homeowners, urban planners, students, artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and anyone else interested in a clean energy future.

A Book that aims to bring the farm to the city | Carolyn Ireland | Globe & Mail
Carolyn reviews the book Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture By Mark Gorgolewski, June Komisar and Joe Nasr.

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