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What can a “crowd” often do better than the government, financial institutions, or a corporate entity? It can become a tool for genuine community empowerment, replacing accepted avenues of development whereby funding or employment typically comes through fixed economies such as the government, NGOs, corporations, or financial institutions. “Crowdsourcing,” as we know, is an enterprise… Read more »

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Did you know that the United Nations designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming? The honored agricultural activities operated by family members cover an array of production types: agricultural, forestry, fisheries, pastoral, and aquaculture. Unsurprisingly, water is the key element to support these farming activities. California is now experiencing the third worst drought… Read more »

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America’s reliance on coal energy is decreasing as the Environmental Protection Agency sets stricter pollution standards. Currently, the EPA’s goal is to cut thirty percent of national carbon emissions by 2030. This projected standard, along with the rise of alternative energies, will mark a clear shift in America’s energy consumption. The US Energy Information Administration… Read more »

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What kinds of public spaces contribute the most to building memorable and attractive cities? As landscape architects, a large portion of our practice focuses on ecology, natural processes, and material performances. The global urban age is happening at a dizzying pace and scale, and with a diversity and complexity that challenges traditional design paradigms. Weaving… Read more »

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After moving to Shanghai early this year, my husband and I eagerly visited the Bund, Pudong, Yu Gardens, and several other classic attractions within our first few weeks in China. One of several temples we visited was Jing’an Temple, which was closest to our home. All of the temples had ornate incense burners and pagodas,… Read more »

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Sitting just north of Allen’s Landing, near the confluence of the White Oak and Buffalo bayous and bisected by two major roadways and rail lines, lies Houston’s historic Warehouse District. It’s situated close enough to downtown to be considered one of its ten districts, yet its unique location, obscured by layers of both manmade and… Read more »