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The Pearl River Delta is characterized by a uniquely Chinese dike-pond system of integrated agriculture and aquaculture, which is operated on a geographical and economic scale unrivaled elsewhere in the world. The emergence of the dike-pond is tightly associated with flood control. Its highly flexible production system contributes to its wide dissemination in the Delta…. Read more »

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Smart Growth America released a study in January about dangerous streets for pedestrians. The study, “Dangerous by Design 2016,” was the 4th edition outlining the pedestrian death epidemic that totaled over 46,000 lives from 2005-2014. According to the report, Americans were 7.2 times more likely to die as a pedestrian than in a natural disaster…. Read more »

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Considering the tremendous struggle over the Dakota Pipeline, I’ve been thinking a lot about what water really means to people, what water brings to us, and what we can bring to water. Closer to home, I recently heard that the 20-year-old plan mapping the future of the LA River is getting an update that will… Read more »

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Landscape Architecture as an aesthetic discipline may at times seem irrelevant in the face of such pressing problems as global warming, social inequity, resource depletion, and habitat loss. But there is a fundamental aspect of what we do that tackles these issues, with landscape architects a part of interdisciplinary teams. This movement, if you will,… Read more »

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The One Belt, One Road policy (OBOR) launched last March by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) aims to enhance coordination across the Asian continent, namely financial integration, trade liberalization, and person-to-person connectivity. One Belt is an economic land belt that builds on the ancient Silk Road that dates to the Han Dynasty… Read more »

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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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