See that tiny blue pinprick in the lower right? That’s Earth. Is your mind blown? This photograph was taken 898 million miles away on the dark side of Saturn by a wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (Colossal)
- Four finalists have been selected from over a hundred unique design proposals for the FAR ROC Design Competition that calls for more storm-resilient neighborhood designs. (GOOD)
- In celebration of the UC Berkeley landscape architecture program centennial, Rebar has organized Adaptive Metropolis: User-Generated Urbanism, a three-day symposium that will take place September 27 – 29 and invites participants from all around the globe to “discuss the power of emergent collaborative networks in shaping the urban realm.” If you know anything about the work Rebar does, you know that this is going to be a fantastic, not-to-be-missed experience. (Rebar)
- Playscapes calls San Francisco’s Lafayette Park Playground the “new municipal playground.” The play space, designed by Miller Company Landscape Architects, looks like a mountain landscape distilled into play equipment. (Playscapes)
- Action Alert! National funding for biking and walking is under attack by Senator Rand Paul, who seeks to cut all funding from the already reduced Transportation Alternatives program. Contact your Senators and ask them to save Transportation Alternatives by voting NO on amendment 1742! (League of American Bicyclists)
- In the last two days, I’ve featured articles on the grim landscape of abandoned gas stations and deserted big box stores. To round off the week with a more uplifting tale, we’ll travel down to Mexico City and their innovative program, Under Bridges (“Bajo Puentes”), that turns vacant, trash-strewn spaces under the city’s overpasses and freeways into thriving public plazas and playgrounds. Plus, the government doesn’t even need to spend a single cent! Private developers foot the bill of cleanup, construction and maintenance. (Washington Post)
- Despite the buzz about Millennials renouncing cars for bicycles, more Americans are driving to work–and driving alone–than ever before. The numbers of workers taking public transportation have also experienced a steep decline, as have the share of workers who work at home. (NPR)
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