A beautiful Spring day yesterday at Shoemaker Green! Frisbee season is officially underway, classes were held outside on the lawn, Earth-Day events were being set-up, and even the Easter Bunny was hanging out in the rain garden, eating some shoots and soaking up the sun after his long, hard-working weekend!
Help out the National Soil Project at Northeastern University by sending them a sample of agricultural top soil. It will be tested for levels of humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin to help determine if these key components are being depleted over time, leading to poorer soils.
Maybe you’ve thought about your carbon footprint. But have you considered your water footprint? Explore your own use, your watershed, or the companies you buy from at Waterfootprint.org or visit the Stroud Water Research Center (pictured above) to learn more. Photo by Halkin Mason Photography. Graphic based on data from Hoekstra, A.Y. and Mekonnen, M.M. (2012) The water footprint of humanity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(9): 3232–3237.
The Solutions Project is helping states visualize the economic benefits of transitioning to 100% renewable energy sources (Pennsylvania infographic shown above).
The Gateway Center at SUNY ESF has been officially certified as LEED Platinum! Congratulations to the University and the entire team!
Andropogon worked with architects Architerra Inc. on the intensive green roof, designed to showcase marginal native plant communities that were found suitable for the harsh green roof environment. The green roof recently won a 2014 Merit Award from ASLA NY, as noted in Syracuse University’s newspaper, The Daily Orange. Find out more about the design and testing for this green roof in this SUNY ESF presentation.
Explore Philadelphia’s 19th Century Pleasure Gardens with Hidden City. These included Bartram’s Garden (shown in historic images above), still located along the west side of the Schuylkill, and once accessible by railroad cars and steamboats. Andropogon is working to relink this historic garden to the river along a new pedestrian and bike trail dubbed “Bartram’s Mile.”
Join citizen scientists to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees at Bumble Bee Watch. We’ve submitted this sighting on the SUNY ESF Gateway Center green roof last September.
A follow-up story on the "Rebuilding the Natural World" article in Yale Environment 360, highlights Qiaoyuan Wetland Park by Turenscape: “The park features a terraced system of 21 ponds, designed to filter urban runoff as it moves through the site… the ponds are of different sizes and depths, with the aim of monitoring how each microhabitat affects water quality, pH values, and the character of the evolving plant community.” The site is being monitored by Turenscape’s staff ecologists.
Turenscapes, with Andropogon, had envisioned a large urban wetland park for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The project was selected as a finalist but not implemented.
A great set of images and resources on traditional Indian Stepwells, which once served as an invaluable resource not only as water capture devices, but also as cool, fresh public spaces in arid climates. The other images are from an Andropogon project in India where we proposed uniting old and new technology by restoring and re-imagining on-site stepwells to serve as vital community spaces on a new hi-tech university campus.
Alyson Shotz’s Fence of Mirrors reflects the changing landscape at Storm King.
A great article talking about “design experiments” and the need for landscape architects and designers to investigate what actually works in our designed spaces. Andropogon is engaging in such “design experiments” with projects like Shoemaker Green at U Penn and work at Drexel University. Look for the launch of our new research website this month to hear more about our “intelligent tinkerings!”