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CityLab / June 5, 2018

Is LEED tough enough for the climate-change era?

Twenty years ago, the U.S. Green Building Council piloted its LEED certification, which has reshaped architecture and real estate. But how much does it dent buildings’ energy use?

designboom / June 3, 2018

Taiwan railway line to be transformed into green corridor

The architectural firm Mecanoo has unveiled their plans to transform a former railway line in Taichung, Taiwan into a bio-diverse green corridor. The firm envisions that the one-mile linear park will improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity and support conservation of the area’s biodiversity.

CityLab / June 1, 2018

In search of the ‘just city’

Toni Griffin, one of the prominent black women in architecture and design, is leading her students at Harvard in envisioning and designing the “just city.” A recent exhibition of her work featured a Just City Index, which she describes as a tool for communities and cities to use for crafting their own manifesto for what justice means to them. The index offers 50 values that her team believes promote greater justice in cities.

The New York Times / May 24, 2018

Sports stadiums help lead the way toward greener architecture

In recent years, sports arenas have become showcases for green design. Their physical and cultural prominence means that green stadiums are shining a light on the complex and critical issue of climate change. Fans disinclined to care about the issue are exposed to things like highly efficient LED lighting or low-flush toilets, and can see that going green is not a hardship, but a choice.

Inside Philanthropy / May 22, 2018

Getting it right: a parks project fueled by private dollars, with an eye on equity

The Rail Park will be a major test for Philadelphia and its philanthropic community. With similar public space projects being increasingly scrutinized for fueling gentrification in surrounding neighborhoods, the real challenge is not just fundraising enough to build a crown jewel park for the city, but also one that serves the surrounding community without contributing to inequality.

Architecture & Design / May 21, 2018

Could Sydney’s North Shore get its own High Line park?

The proposed Sydney Harbour High Line would connect several major public spaces by creating a 2-mile walking path along the railroad between the Lavender Bay and Waverton stations in Sydney’s North Shore. Unlike many similar rails-to-trails projects, trains would continue to run adjacent to the pedestrian walkway.

The Austin American-Statesman / May 18, 2018

Austin businessmen give $5 million to Waller Creek project

Two Austin businessmen have teamed up to donate $5 million to the Waller Creek revitalization project and are now challenging others to step forward and do the same. This money will help fund the development of the 35-acre Waller Creek Park, which will stretch 1.5 miles through downtown Austin, from Lady Bird Lake to East 15th Street.