The benefits of urban trees

by Mel Starrs on April 15, 2009

in Psychology & Marketing

I’ve been on a bit of a nature/biodiversity tip recently. Here’s a great list of reasons why trees should be included in urban design – some common sense, some more unusual – from the Forestry Commission’s London Region Trees and Design Action Group report “No Trees, No Future” Trees in the Urban Realm. Environmental Reduce […]


These are my links for June 3rd through June 4th: Stumbling and Mumbling: Greens vs “conventional economics” – Chris Dillow takes on Tony and Tim's spat over at CIF: "the question is not: environment versus economics? It’s the technical ones of how to create effective property rights, and how to price access to them." Good […]


These are my links for May 26th through May 27th: IES Launches Free Tool : VE- Ware – IES’s VE-Ware, which is available to download for free online, gives limited but incredibly valuable access to its world leading <Virtual Environment> Apache thermal analysis software. New and existing buildings can now have their energy and carbon […]

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by mel starrs on May 24, 2008

in News

What I’ve been reading about: NYREJ – What works there, can work here: “Green” lessons from around the world – Architects and engineers sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture by focusing too intently on individual (certification) programs. Architects should focus on some of the universal themes found to be successful abroad, pull appropriate concepts […]