Tools and techniques of design have aided a transition from landscapes rooted in historic formalism to landscapes centered on ecological and social performance.
If we truly understood the delicacy of soil as a dynamic living system integral to the health of our towns and cities, we would be more cautious about how it is perceived, treated, and protected.
In 1996 a palm tree appeared almost overnight in a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.
“Disturbance adapted” plants can be either native or non-native species. If some non-native species are more likely to succeed in cities, why not acknowledge the ecological function they provide?
Featured Issue04: Building the Urban Forest
The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasing property values to mitigating climate change. Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism, but there is little agreement about how our urban forests are to be designed, planned and managed.
Featured ProjectUrban Regeneration: Foresting Vacancy In Philadelphia
Urban Regeneration proposes a land management strategy for vacant urban land that accumulates parcels and turns them to forest, aiming to redefine the meaning and function of vacancy in a city.