Recent architecture grad Hank Butitta converted an old school bus into a sleek and modern mobile home using wood recycled from an old gymnasium. And it’s gets even cooler: Hank his two buddies embarked on a 5,000 mile road trip across the U.S. on said bus. Check out their trip! (Colossal)
- A leaked draft report by the IPCC says that they are 95-percent certain that climate change is caused by human activity. (The Dirt)
- Donald Molnar, FASLA, writes a preview of the upcoming fourth edition to Anatomy of a Park, a series of lectures that seek to bridge the learning gap between landscape architects and park users. (The Field)
- Landscape architects are increasingly given their due as major leaders in complex urban issues. Starting with Chris Reed’s Flux City, a landscape architecture studio that focused on rising sea levels and climate change, Harvard hopes to further expand the issue into an interdisciplinary dialogue across the University. (Harvard)
- I’ve been raving about Pittsburgh ever since my first visit last year. I got used to the skeptical looks, but the rust belt city is increasingly winning over the hearts of many. On my dash recently: reasons why it’s a great city for biking and walking, a “best city” face-off between Pittsburgh and Portland, and how the Steel City plans to warm up winter with a great temporary arts program.
- Bruce McVean of Movement for Liveable London recommends 16 must-read city books for all us urbanophiles out there. (This Big City)
- How a road diet can lead to successful placemaking: the redesign of Main Street in Hamburg, NY into a pedestrian friendly avenue dramatically increased the quality of life and brought the town back from the brink of death. As one resident says: if you build a place for cars, it will gather cars; but build it for people, and it will gather people. (NY Times)
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