Where did the greenery go in our dream of a “concrete jungle”? Sure, pocket parks are all the rage—but why stop there instead of going for the whole pair of plants? The potential for green space in our cities extends far beyond the surfaces of our streets, and two recent proposals take plants to whole new heights (and depths!). Images via inhabitat. Milroy Perera Associates have recently unveiled their plans for Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka. When completed, the luscious 46-story building will be the world’s tallest residential vertical garden. But it’s not just about looks; designed with the help of Mäga Engineering, the building focuses on sustainable initiatives, using the exterior vegetation to minimize solar heat gain and provide ...
Rhode Island would roll back some provisions of its landmark 2011 pension overhaul — but maintain billions of dollars of pension savings — under a settlement proposed to end legal wrangling over the sweeping pension law.
Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.
Between the 1920s and 1960s, policies adapting cities to car travel in the United States served as a role model for much of Western Europe. But by the late 1960s, many European cities started refocusing their policies to curb car use by promoting walking, cycling, and public transportation. For the last two decades, in the face of car-dependence, suburban sprawl, and an increasingly unsustainable transportation system, U.S. planners have been looking to Western Europe.
FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks student paper, “The Sun Star” was fully protected by the First Amendment when it ran two articles a faculty member complained constituted sexual harassment, according to an independent review.
The massive Target breach led to revelations that many companies use Internet-connected heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems without adequate security, giving hackers a potential gateway to key corporate systems.
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€" Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's up-and-down health care overhaul, is setting aside nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget shortfalls as it prepares for what it says is a challenging financial future without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid. Roby said in an email that the agency's goal is to maintain a reserve that could cover its expenses for a minimum of three months, even if its income stalls, and that monthly fees paid on policies could be raised if necessary to generate more money. While agency officials say Covered California is on track to meet enrollment targets â€" nearly 2 million individuals by June 2016 â€" planning documents and government reports sketch out the danger if those numbers ebb. Agency officials hope enrollment will be robust so fees paid by individuals and small businesses can be lowered. Since insurance policies purchased under the ACA took effect Jan. 1, the agency has faced criticism for lackluster sign-ups among Hispanics and younger people, as well as confusion over billing and paperwork problems that have left an unknown number of consumers in limbo. A state lawmaker last week called for a probe of the agency's balance sheet and advertising spending, which is on track to top $300 million for TV ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches intended to encourage sign-ups.
Washington Post Justice Department to give married same-sex couples equal protection Washington Post The Justice Department on Monday will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriages...
FAIRBANKS — The first of two public hearings on the state’s proposed air pollution regulations chiefly aimed at Fairbanks’ wintertime air was filled with appeals for personal freedom, pleas for the health of the public and hecklers.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.
Fed up with increasing union dues and a decreasing say in how the money is spent, three California groups are challenging their big labor bosses in landmark cases that could change how unions operate in the Golden State.
Scientists have mounting evidence of centuries-long droughts in the West's distant past. They warn that Californians are now vulnerable to a drought that is measured in decades—or even hundreds of years.
“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in an environment that would seem its antithesis: a single-storey home in a city where space is still most often discussed in terms of “how much?” as opposed to “not enough.” Los Angeles is all about different methods of navigating life – remarkably different methods, according to person and neighborhood. But it is exactly because of these many incongruities that the popularity, and title, of this show make so much sense.
What if the title was posed as a question: “City in a City?” How do we make dense, urban spaces seem intimate, inviting, comfortable and even compact, within otherwise vast, hectic environments? This isn’t a new question, but the answers in this exhibition address a new time with its own demands and aesthetics.
“City in a City” is a noteworthy show, not only for the work that is on display, but also for the decisions that went into displaying them.
FAIRBANKS — A trip to Denali National Park and Preserve aboard a high-speed magnetic levitation train and a warm stroll down Cushman Street by way of an underground heated corridor are just two of the visions that Barnette Magnet School students have for the future of Fairbanks.
FAIRBANKS — Improving Alaska’s food security through agricultural efforts is complicated. There’s a lot more to it than planting, cultivating and harvesting; including considerations about economic indicators, cultural systems, social interactions, business concerns and consumer preferences.
Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area (UK Food security - flooding + reduced funding = vertical farming in urban areas http://t.co/QuFyd7lYJd)...
Alaska Dispatch Why Would Royal Dutch Shell Abandon the Arctic? (Video) LiveScience.com Joss Fong is a video producer and science journalist living in New York. She contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.