Indoor Use Limits, Water Budgets and Aerial Data Gathering: California’s plan to wean us off water waste: “In the next 18 months, a small plane will fly over every city in California, recording data on what kind of plants are growing in our lawns, parks and street medians. That data will help determine where we’re wasting water, and help cities use it more efficiently.”

A Real-Life Enchanted Forest: “Finding echoes of Japan’s ancient past, and of the woodlands of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece “Princess Mononoke,” deep among the trees of Yakushima island.”

Neri Oxman and Bio-Inspired Design: “In the first three industrial revolutions, new inventions were assembled from parts – as opposed to grown, like in nature. In the fourth industrial revolution, designers are operating at the intersection of the material, physical, digital and biological. In this presentation for the World Economic Forum, Neri Oxman – Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Laboratory – discusses ideas including additive manufacturing using biopolymers and wearable devices involving microorganisms.”

ASLA Business Survey Presents a Mixed Picture for Landscape Architecture Firms: “Business conditions for the first quarter of 2018 reflected a mixed picture for landscape architecture firms, according to a new American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey. Leading indicators in the survey remained generally positive—inquiries for new work and plans to hire jumped. But billable hours dipped.”

Things Are Not Always As They Seem: “Now, here is where it gets really interesting. Results regarding the measurement of VAM mycorrhizal spores per gram of soil were shocking. About 95% of vascular plant species in the world belong to families that typically form mycorrhizae with specialized mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi are essential components of ecosystem dynamics and involved in many biological interrelationships. Vegetative areas measured 16 spores per gram of soil – Good. The grassland returned 67 spores per gram – Excellent, and the Rectangle of Death tested at 132 spores per gram of soil – Really Excellent. These data points had now completely altered our anticipated plan and changed our train of thought. How could a dying ecology return such high measurements?

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