Plant This: Three Deciduous Conifers

Biodiversity in the urban forest is incredibly important to resilience and long-term planning (something we’ve written about extensively, here, here, here,  and here, to name just a few). To help designers start thinking about ways to increase diversity, we’re starting a series on some of our favorite species. Many of the species included will be… More

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Episode 2: The Mighty Green Street

When I was a little kid growing up in New York City, the Hudson River was NOT a body of water that was considered for recreation. It was to be avoided. By the time I was in high school, though — thanks to the efforts of dedicated people in the city government and non-profit groups… More

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Trees provide energy savings even in winter

Cold Climate Benefits from Trees

Philip Potyondy is a Sustainable Forestry Coordinator with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in urban forestry, and is an ISA Certified Arborist and a TCIA certified tree care safety professional. His Masters Thesis research on the benefits of trees in cold climates has interested us for years,… More

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Urban Stream by Kaizer Rangwala

How impervious cover impacts stream ecosystems – and what we can do about it

Impervious cover associated with roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops feels necessary for the needs of people in the built environment, but can destroy the ecological integrity of the receiving streams that must accommodate all the associated runoff. Stream or river health is closely linked to land-use activities and pollutant management practices (or lack thereof)… More

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Episode 1: Quantifying the Landscape

Hi! Today we’re sharing the first episode of DeepRoot’s new podcast, Remarkable Objects! For this episode, I spoke with Barbara Deutsch, Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation — a small non-profit dedicated to research, scholarship, and advocacy. Barbara said something in our interview that really struck me: “It takes a long time to grow… More

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Applying SITES v2 to the Landscape

SITES is an ecosystem services framework for built landscapes. A decision-making hierarchy of conservation, restoration and generation underlies much of the SITES credits, emphasizing the need to conserve resources and protect healthy functioning systems, restore what has been degraded, and create a functioning ecosystem in order to generate new ecosystem services where none exist. This… More

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A New Method to Rehabilitate Damaged Soils

Susan Day and her team at Virginia Tech published a paper earlier this year about a soil rehabilitation technique called Soil Profile Rebuilding, or SPR. They were looking for a way to rehabilitate soils damaged by land development in a way that would restore their biological function and be more supportive of plant growth. I… More

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