New study warns ” that adopting novel ecosystems is based on faulty, data-deficient assumptions and a catchy schematic figure, not on robust, empirically tested science.”
Parks not Pipes- The first phase of the Panther Hollow Restoration plan is finally under construction! This first phase includes infiltration trenches, berms, and landscape conversions from lawn to meadow in order to slow down and infiltrate water before it reaches Panther Hollow Lake. The later phases include rain gardens and a green street. Andropogon has been working with Meliora Design and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy since 2011 on the restoration of Panther Hollow.
The Ecological Design Collection provided by Bioneers is a series of videos of speakers discussing sustainable design in its broadest definition, using practices that restore both natural and social capital. (Class at the Cusano Environmental Education Center shown above.)
MAde Studio’s data-driven design to reveal Detroit’s regional water system through urban planning.
Got milkweed? If not, then you probably don’t have any monarch butterflies either. Check out this free guide to bring back native milkweeds and restore habitat from the Xerces Society. You may also want to check out their new publication Farming with Native Beneficial Insects or get involved with their citizen science projects.
The Center for Sustainable Landscapes project is now available in detail on Solaripedia.com, an online database of green building projects. (Photo by P. Weigman)
A look at wetland restoration projects as critical buffers to climate change along the Delaware River estuary at Yale e360. (Images from the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge near Philadelphia, PA)
Very cool video footage of the Liverpool FC stadium renovations taken from a drone .This takes construction admin. to a new level!!
Things are busy at Drexel! The south curbing is well underway along with the stormwater storage beds. The installation of the porous paving system starts next week.
More inspiring desert plants from the series “The Good Badlands” by Guy Tal Photography
More than a time lapse, this video is a love note to the desert plant, the Rose of Jericho.
Shoemaker Green and other 2014 SCUP award winners highlighted on ASLA’s The Field.
Playful urban design. A Baltimore bus stop that doubles as a giant typographic sculpture.
So now we know. The coolest bus stop in the world is in Baltimore.
Andropogon worked as the lead volunteer with the Community Design Collaborative and the Philadelphia Water Department to create a design concept to transform the Hackett Elementary Schoolyard in the Kinsington Neighborhood of Philadelphia from a river of asphalt to a vibrant play and educational area inspired by the near-by Delaware River. Construction for the first phase of the project will be funded by the Philadelphia Water Department and will include construction of stormwater features, including rain gardens and an underground storage system.
The concept for the playground and the programming of the spaces were inspired by the interconnected ecology of the Delaware River and the school’s mural— “Interlacings”. Just as the mural teaches us, all life is interconnected and interdependent, and this is evident in the relationships of the Delaware River between 3 organisms- osprey, shad, and mussels. Also, each space is modeled in its programming from the 3 organisms- osprey/ focus, shad/ run, mussels/ gather and filter. The schoolyard features a “Petty’s Island” playground, a sensory garden for special needs children, and an outdoor classroom. Fundraising will occur in the future to complete the later phases of the project, so stay tuned!
Check out this collection of Citizen Scientist projects from Yale e360. Join others to plant sunflowers and monitor pollinators, classify whale songs and bat calls, count butterflies, record frog and toad calls, or help transcribe old ships captains’ logs that will inform climate change computer models.