The Daily Blend for Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Daily Blend for Thursday, August 8, 2013

Acclaimed international architecture firm BIG cleverly slipped a multifunctional gymnasium beneath a molehill courtyard, blending a social arena up top with a new sports facility down below. (inhabitat)




  • Philadelphia-based Groundswell Design Group transforms a vacant lot into a lively Pop Up Beer Garden with upcycled shipping containers, colorful umbrellas and lights, locally sourced fare, and an array of artistic and cultural activities. (World Landscape Architect)


  • What happens when a plant biologist and a landscape architect team up to create a garden on a California hillside? Surprising plant combos at every turn! (Sunset)


  • ASLA is hiring a web and graphic designer. (ASLA)


  • Welcome to the United States of Mulch. Thomas Rainer asks why Americans love mulch so much–it’s not a universally shared addiction–and looks to promote “green mulch” in his upcoming book. (grounded design)



  • Oh, honey. High above suntanning New Yorkers, honeybees are hard at work atop the seven-story rooftop of One Bryant Park, where their pollination efforts help expedite the growth of sedums, maintain the health of green roofs, and create delicious honey, perfect for office gifts. (NY Times)


  • Shanghai is in the midst of an intense, record-setting heat wave. Experts blame it on a variety of factors, including climate change, Shanghai’s construction density, and the decreasing numbers of green space. (NPR)


  • Urbanists get ready to geek out! Code for America’s street-sectioning Street Mix App has just been released to public beta. (Code For America) 

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