Archive for March, 2012

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Thomas Church is the father of California Garden Style. His design has influenced generations of landscape architects.

I visited the Donnell Garden in California and got several good pictures to share.

Try to feel following things with me:




Indoor-outdoor unity


Photo by Bin Jiang

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 Photo: Bin Jiang

Density, diversity, and design are three factors of walkability.

Density was quantified as residential population density and job density;

Diversity was quantified as the percentage of residents within walking distance of defined diverse uses (DUs) that provide a measure of mixed-used development.

Design was quantified as trail availability per 1,000 residents, bicycle path availability per 100 residents, and the number of intersection per square kilometer.

We can use  following criteria as appropriate walking distances between diverse uses (DUs) places and residential places.


Diverse Use (DU)                                                     Walking Distance Criteria
Transit stops                                                                         ≤ 400 m
Grocery stores                                                                      ≤ 800 m
Fresh food places                                                                  ≤ 800 m
Convenience stores                                                               ≤ 400 m
Elementary schools                                                              ≤ 1,500 m

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Exclusive photos by Marcel Baumler


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“If a garden were planted on the roof of every one of the 4,500 buses in the city’s bus fleet,” calculates Cosio, his busses could add 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city.

According to the bustop gardener, benefits include:
• Aesthetic Value
• Mitigation of Urban Heat Island Effect
• Acoustical and Thermal Insulation
• Storm Water Reduction and Management
• CO2 absorbtion
• Habitat Restoration
• Public Education and Recreation
• Reclaiming Forgotten Real Estate