This is a paper I wrote at university for a planning class in my landscape architecture program that discusses the use of Feng Shui as a planning method.
What is Feng Shui
Around 7000 years ago the people of China developed a philosophy that took the science of geology, astronomy, magnetism, and alchemy and combined them with the superstitions of astrology, shamanism, and fortune-telling. This method, a metabolic system that the people of China had with the earth was called Feng Shui; meaning wind and water. The philosophy of Feng Shui was based on Chinese Shamans finding the best suitable areas to construct homes, alter and burial sites. This philosophy supports the idea of modern ecology and conservation when finding a location to build.
The location of a suitable site would rely on a master of Feng Shui. Only a master…
- A bird sanctuary in the city:: This is a really interesting look at habitat on the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus in Manila in the Philippines with a surprising number of birds found just steps from the buildings on campus. It also acts as one of the few green corridors in the city and as a valuable educational tool and several participants in recent bird walks included a diversity of attendees including faculty, students and administrators.
- Water firm’s special thank you gift to city school pupils:: Another article about campus habitat, this time in the form of a pond which provides habitat and a valuable learning opportunity for the primary school students.
- New ‘landscape scale’ approach to conservation:: This insightful article from the Telegraph discusses the shift in conservation from simply fenced-off nature reserves to instead thinking of a large scale landscape approach where everything is connected. This new approach looks…
- La Petite Ceinture de Paris:: This blog post from Nature urbaine features railroads that have been abandoned where nature has started to reclaim them, with some rather beautiful results.
- Twitter in the city: The urban life of birds:: An article from The Independent describes how urban birds are changing their calls by singing louder or singing during different hours and how this change may affect them.
- On the move:: Another article about urban birds, this one discusses the move of the home of a pair of Peregrine Falcons in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, due to their current building requiring renovation.
- Landscape Urbanism vs. New Urbanism: Who cares? Both are missing the point!:: This post from the Rhizome blog weighs in on the debate, saying that both arguments are lacking a thorough understanding of ecology.
- Wild Things 2011 Conference:: If you’re in the Chicago area on March…
(Photo from Gardens from the Green Streets Program)
The City of Vancouver, in British Columbia, has a successful Green Streets program where residents adopt a corner bulge or traffic circle. The gardener then designs, plants and maintains their adopted garden for as long as they like which can be a single month or multiple years. I found this to be a fascinating project, particularly after my observations over the summer of the unexpected habitat I found in my own local roundabouts as well as the Pollinator Pathway, another local project I wrote about and recently helped to install several new gardens. I contacted Erin MacDonald, the Green Streets Coordinator, about the program, and she was kind enough to provided a lot of good information. I first asked what inspired this program and here is what she said:
The program began in 1994 as a pilot…
- An Urban Artist: Mayor Richard M. Daley, 2010 Laureate, ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development:: An article from the Urban Land Institute that profiles Chicago’s Mayor Daley and his approach to planning and development and his belief that cities can coexist with nature.
- How to help toads survive crossing roads:: A very interesting look at a group called Froglife that has teams of volunteers who spend time moving toads across roads in the U.K. This year alone they’ve moved 65,000 toads and decreased a 90 percent average kill rate down to 10 percent.
- More Than 100 Lawns Torn Out – Cause For Celebration:: From Gazettes.com is an article featuring a community in Long Beach where 100 yards have replaced their lawn with native plants thanks to city incentives.
- Volunteers watch over Vaux’s swifts migratory birds due to fears of becoming an…