Biophilic Design

“The plantings that are around those landscapes or those buildings are chosen for the birds that follow migratory paths, to support the bugs those birds eat,” architect Justin Crane says … This could be described as an example of “biophilic design”, in which buildings and even interiors strike a better balance between people and nature … […]

Roof Deserts

My small town on the outer edge of the Denver metro area is beginning to experience a push for more housing — particularly for affordable housing. This is driving developers to construct dense multi-family apartments and condos on vacant lots and on clusters of what would have been single-family home lots. There is much concern […]

Like Legos

“… it was all about refurbishing and reusing existing buildings. Wainright’s meaning is much more sophisticated; we may not keep every building forever, but if they are designed for deconstruction we can keep using all the parts. That’s the way to truly ban demolition.” ~ Lloyd Alter It was a hard lesson for a young […]

Bee Green

“Not only can we stop damaging nature, but we can also restore, it, too. And when you put the two together, you get powerful and natural solutions to climate change.” ~ Bronson Griscom “We need bees for the future of our cities and urban living.” ~ Noah Wilson-Rich Envision downtown Denver before it was developed: […]

Tall, Dirtless and Local

The soil has been mixed with human thought and substance. These fields … have moved and walked and talked and loved and suffered; hence one feels kinship to them and at home among them. ~John Burroughs, Fresh Fields Climate change is expected to knock extreme weather up a notch — droughts will become droughtier, floods […]

Landscapes Alive!

“We do not seek to imitate nature, but rather to find the principles she uses.” (attributed to) R. Buckminster Fuller “Our task is to make cities function more like natural landscapes.” Nature’s Fortune, Mark Tercek and Jonathan Adams “A companion rock? Really? Can’t we just move the tree and leave the rock here?” my buddy […]