Jared Green

Jared Green is editor of The Dirt, the blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The Dirt covers news on the built and natural environments.

Cities

Sky’s the limit: How two average Joes created NYC’s High Line

When Robert Hammond heard about plans to demolish the High Line, an abandoned aerial train line through his New York City neighborhood, he decided to look into it. In a new book, he and his partner in crime tell of discovering “a mile and a half of wildflowers running right through the city,” and their fight to preserve it.

Smart Cities

Green cities on the cheap: Low-cost solutions for a sustainable world

This interview originally appeared in The Dirt. Jaime Lerner was elected mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, in 1971, and reelected two more times before serving as governor of the Brazilian state of Paraná. As mayor, Lerner devised a number of low-cost solutions and innovative partnerships with the public and private companies that turned Curitiba into a model green community. He has won a number of major awards for his transportation, design, and environmental work, including the United Nations Environment Award. In 2002, Lerner was elected president of the International Union of Architects. Today, he is principal of Jamie Lerner Associated Architects. …

Cities

The architecture of hedonism: Putting the pleasure into green living

Bjarke Ingels.This interview originally appeared in The Dirt. Bjarke Ingels is founding partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Ingels, rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company, is also a visiting professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Q. You’ve been calling for a new approach, “hedonistic sustainability,” which is “sustainability that improves the quality of life and human enjoyment.” Why is it important for sustainability to enhance pleasure? A. The whole discussion about sustainability isn’t popular because it’s always presented as a downgrade. The position has been, there’s a limit to how …

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