DIY Tech: Creating a Wild City Map for Montréal

On any given day, one might encounter any number of wild plants in a city: boisterous grasses lining the sidewalk, wildflowers blooming in a median, spontaneous species bursting through cracks in bricks and pavement. But where are these and other specimens most likely to appear, and what values and meaning do people ascribe to them? [...]

Soundmapping: Redefining the Way We Think About Natural Soundscapes in Cities

Over the past several years cities have undergone a profound transformation in how they share information about their natural resources. For decades, maps and nature guides produced by cities facilitated the exploration of urban trails, parklands, and other natural assets that exist within the urban boundary (Check out San Francisco’s Nature in the City map for an [...]

Fremantle Greenskins: Green Wall Trials in a Challenging Climate

In 2011 a local council in Perth, Western Australia imposed the construction of a green wall as a condition of development for a builder of a block of units. This was because the intended units would obstruct the view of an existing block of units. The council saw a green wall as a beneficial and [...]

DIY.org, Not Just for Kids!

DIY.org is a online collective for children and adults who like 'to learn by doing.' It is a fun and interactive way for children to enhance their creative potential and inquisitiveness while being supported by an online community of similar minds. Its design and concept is similar to the Boy Scouts' and Girl Scout's merit badges, where [...]

Living Machines, Plant-Based Waste Water Treatment

Across the United States, and in many other countries, we have begun to feel the strain that our crumbling infrastructure has on our economy and daily lives. Replacing large, centralized infrastructure is costly, highly political, and frequently sees no payback. Many localities are incentivizing point-source reductions in water and energy consumption and production of waste. In [...]

BirdsEye: “Apps for Birders, by Birders”

Birdseye is mobile app  developing company dedicated to bringing you to the fields, to the park, your backyard, etc. with a smartphone and binoculars in hand.  Working with Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology, Birdseye (1) geographically depicts sightings of birds (both commonplace and rare), (2) allows you to log and store audio, visual and text [...]

AshTag, A Citizen Scientist Solution

  English countryside, Ash Tree Forests Ash dieback disease is plaguing the English countryside and is said to transform the country's beautiful landscape by endangering their fourth most abundant tree species, the Ash Tree.  Little is known on how the disease is actually spread, but the strongest assumption is through fungal spores carried by the [...]

Seed Bombs for the Biophilic Urbanist

Seed Bombs for throwing Danny, one of the co-founders of GreenAid, describes seed bombs as a way to "allow people to get involved in the incremental beautification of their environment." Seed bombs are one way for biophilic urbanists  to introduce vegetation to arid or off-limits lands.  They are essentially  hand rolled balls of [...]

Water ecosystem mitigation: Man-made wetland islands

Floating Island International (FII) is a Montana based company that designs biophilic water mitigation solutions for impaired water bodies.  To the average person,  these "structures" might go unnoticed -- partially because they look natural when compared to other water quality mechanisms.  They intend to mimic the biology of the ecosystem, and are optimized to remove excess nutrients, [...]

Low Tech, Biophilic Solutions: The Living Root Bridge

In the modern, western world, we can be prone to think that technological advancements are the solutions to the overarching problems we are facing in the coming decades. Increasingly, we are dependent on ‘high’ technology solutions to provide solutions to relatively small, everyday or infrequent problems.Examples of these technologies include numerous mobile apps intending to [...]