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Washington, DC (June 23, 2015)— As the global population grows and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our planet. Experts Jonathan Barnett and Larry Beasley argue that ecodesign, a new perspective that integrates environmental soundness and resilience with city design and planning, is the way to resolve this profound challenge. In their new book, ...



Washington, DC (June 16, 2015) — The average parking space requires approximately 300 square feet of asphalt. That’s the size of a studio apartment in New York and enough room to hold 10 bicycles. Thus, space devoted to parking in growing urban and suburban areas is highly contested—not only from other uses from housing to parklets, but between drivers who feel entitled to easy access.


In Richard W. Willson’s new book...



Gabe Klein, author of the forthcoming Start-Up City, was on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show to talk about cities, technology, and mental maps.



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The reviewer wrote, "Brilliant Green… [is a] timely, highly accessible summar[y] of fast-developing fields… Combine[s] a passion for plants and a desire to illustrate their largely unsung complexities with an appreciation of the burden of proof needed to persuade us of a world that contains chlorophyllic sentience."






Washington, DC (May 19, 2015) — Stormwater management as art? Absolutely. Rain is a resource that should be valued and celebrated, not merely treated as an urban design problem—and yet, traditional stormwater treatment methods often range from ugly to forgettable. But as the climate becomes increasingly unpredictable, finding a better way to manage heavy rain and the runoff it creates saves money and mitigates flood damage. This new approach also brings more beauty into our cities–...



Carlton Reid offered insights into automotive history gleaned from his research for Roads Were Not Built for Cars.



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Travis Beck and his work at the Mount Cuba Center were featured in the Washington Post.



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Boston Globe Ideas talked to Stefano Mancuso about whether plants need brains to be intelligent, memorize, or make decisions, and what we can learn from it.



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Washington, DC (May 5, 2015) — Midwesterners from all walks of life—whether they are rural residents, suburbanites, or city dwellers; farmers, financiers, or pharmacists—have been experiencing new weather patterns. Weather We Don’t Recognize provides understandable, science-based explanations about how climatic conditions in the region have already changed and how scientists anticipate they will continue to do so, while exploring the...



Salon interviewed Stefano Mancuso about whether plants are intelligent and how science is learning more about their ability to solve problems.



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