Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Sick?

August 21, 2014 by  
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“What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said about the impact of various aspects of the built environment on obesity levels, heart disease, cancer rates and so forth, this study particularly focused on street layouts: comparing the health of residents of car-friendly cul-de-sacs with residents of walkable, densely networked inner cities . So, which of these makes you more sick? Read the rest of Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Sick? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cars , commuting , Daniel Piatkowski , diabetes , do cul-de-sacs make you fat , heart disease , Norman Garrick , obesity , public health , Savannah State University , suburban sprawl , University of Colorado Denver , University of Connecticut , Urban design , walkable cities , Wesley Marshall

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How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

August 21, 2014 by  
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Many children spend hours playing in treehouses, but only a select few of them turn that pursuit into a career path. As a nod to days of youthful splendor, a then-23-year-old Dustin Feider created the ideal, eco-friendly version of a tree sanctuary for his final thesis project at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Inspired by  Buckminster Fuller’s infamous geodesic dome, Feider discovered that by following Bucky’s lead, he could use less material and construct a more stable structure than that of the “traditional” treehouse—most importantly, without harming the supporting tree at all. Whether by intention or kismet, Feider now runs a company called O2 Treehouse , which specializes in custom “arbor-textural creations”, and has designed dozens of structures around the globe. Read the rest of How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dustin Feider , eco design , eco treehouses , Eco-friendly geodesic treehouse , Geodesic Treehouse , green design , green treehouse , Sustainability Treehouse , tree house , treehouse

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Walk Score Adds Transit to its City Rankings

September 10, 2010 by  
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Image credit: La Citta Vita Lloyd raved about Walk Score’s online ranking of walkability of cities . The site’s ranking of the top ten pedestrian-friendly US cities got Kenny’s attention, as did the ten least walkable cities too

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