Posts Tagged: trees

Greening the Paradigm – How Portland Changed Its Streetscapes

Portland

Time travel with me to 1973 Portland. The state legislature has just passed a landmark law establishing “urban growth boundaries,” launching the city toward its future of innovative planning. But if you look around, Portland’s streets are just like those of any American city—a highway builder’s dream. Most recent development is on the suburban model,… Read more »

Do Trees Make a Building Green?

Can adding trees to your condo project make it a green building, in the eco-friendly sense? The Dish ponders the question: [T]rees atop buildings have become an architectural crutch, a way to make your building feel sustainable without necessarily being so…. Structures built to support trees need to be over-engineered compared with their abiotic equivalents–trees… Read more »