Monthly Archive: December 2016

Shop Houzz: Front Door Decor Under $75 (151 photos)

A fabulous front door extends a warm welcome and sets the tone for a cheerful space. Lay the foundation with a charming doormat and wreath, then add accents like inviting lighting and outdoor furnishings. You’ll find everything you need for a welcoming entrance right here and under $75.

WowHaus Top 50 of 2016: The most popular properties of the year (numbers 10 – 1)

So here it is, the big one. The WowHaus Top 50 of 2016, the most popular property finds of the year on the WowHaus site has reached numbers 10 through to number 1. If you missed the previous instalments, do check out numbers 50 – 41, numbers 40 – 31 and numbers 30 – 21 […]

Mapping Urban Trees in 11 Cities

(Credit: MIT Senseable City Lab)

Out of 11 cities studied around the world, Vancouver beat out Seattle, Geneva, Tel-Aviv and others in a new measure of urban canopy developed by the MIT Senseable City Lab. The project, Treepedia, uses Google Street View imagery to measure urban canopies from a human level. Called the “Green View Index,” the measure presents the percentage of canopy coverage in a given area on a scale of zero to 100 by analyzing street view images for greenery. Vancouver scored an overall GVI of 25.9 percent, while Paris ranked a paltry 8.8.

“As many cities experience warming temperatures, increased storm frequency and continued air pollution, the well-being of our urban trees has never been more important. We present here an index by which to compare cities against one another, encouraging local authorities and communities to take action to protect and promote the green canopy cover,” said Carlo Ratti, director of the Senseable City Lab, in a statement.

Users can either view citywide tree coverage or zoom in to see individual data points and the street view images that prompted them. Future iterations of the platform will allow users to add information about urban trees, and to contact city officials to request new trees be planted in areas where they are lacking.

Treepedia was developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities, which in 2015 included increasing urban canopy on their list of top 10 most essential urban initiatives. “Cities will always need large infrastructure projects, but sometimes small-scale infrastructure — from bicycle lanes and bike-sharing to the planting of trees for climate change adaptation — can also have a big impact on an urban area,” reads a statement.

The cities compared on the platform are Boston, Geneva, London, Los Angeles, Paris, New York, Seattle, Tel-Aviv, Toronto, Turin and Vancouver.