Brian Barth

 

Brian Barth is a writer, urban planner and landscape designer with a focus on green infrastructure and urban food systems. He holds a master's degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia and is co-founder of Urban Agriculture, Inc, an Atlanta-based firm that provides project management services to commercial and institutional clients seeking to develop food-producing landscapes. For more information, please see BarthEnvironmental.com.

Brian Barth
DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in some of

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

10 principles guide One Planet Communities (OPCs) in the quest for improved stewardship of the Earth’s resources. At the top of the list are Zero Carbon and Zero Waste—it's the goal of these

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported models.

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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn't it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community downstream before

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

  Sod provided an insulating layer to rooftops and walls in these northerly places, representing the most efficient and sustainable approach to building in the environmental

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

If there is one unifying characteristic among the weeds of the world, it's strength. Unlike many intentionally cultivated plants, weeds tend to be tolerant of the poorest growing conditions,

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

Bioremediation can refer to the use of microbes, fungi (mycoremediation) or plants (phytoremediation) that have the ability to remove pollutants from the environment. Microbes and fungi

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

In recent years, a number of scientists have had success with transferring the genetic material responsible for bioluminescence into plants that don't normally glow in the dark. The goal is to

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Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village: North America’s First One Planet Community

Sonoma Mountain Village is envisioned as a place where residents can work, shop, play, and have virtually all of their needs met within a 5 minute walk of where they live. Once construction is

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Love Coconut Water? The Next Trendy Health Drink Promises to Be Just as Tasty But Much More Sustainable

Love Coconut Water? The Next Trendy Health Drink Promises to Be Just as Tasty But Much More Sustainable

Coconut water has become a mainstay on grocery store shelves as the king of all-natural health drinks, but it may be hiding a dirty secret. In recent years, there has been criticism of the

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're still alive

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there

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NYC’s Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

NYC’s Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

Some people still criticize the urban agriculture movement as a cute idea with little potential to feed urban populations, or as an unnecessary intrusion on valuable city real estate. Part of

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7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

Fruit trees cost anywhere from $20 to $100, which can be cost-prohibitive for some, especially if you’re looking to establish a neighborhood-scale orchard. Some people attempt to grow their

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

“It feels good to eat your enemies,” says Andrew Deines, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, who studies the ecology of invasive organisms. Far from being a confession of

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The issue

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Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods

Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods

Chicago's Englewood, Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods were once home to a thriving street life, centered around bustling locally-owned businesses and the famous jazz and blues scene of

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Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Gravel always wondered about the abandoned railroad tracks he’d seen in some of the city’s older neighborhoods. Further investigation during his thesis research revealed the gem that became

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Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

Alvarez-Diaz Villalon’s LEED Platinum Office is a Green Design Gem in Latin America

The décor in Alvarez-Diaz Villalon's new headquarters is perfectly coordinated with minimalist paintings on the wall, designer furniture, and a cool slate grey color scheme. Though verdant

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Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore’s Changi Airport

Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore’s Changi Airport

Known as Project Jewel, the donut-shaped glass and steel structure will house five stories of shopping and entertainment, crowned by a lush indoor garden on the top floor. In the middle of the

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The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

The First Building in Canada to Rise to the Living Building Challenge (Is for Kids)

Located at the Simon Fraser University Campus on Burnaby Mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the UniverCity Childcare Center is on track for Living Building Challenge certification

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a few

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few

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Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Curitiba’s green initiatives originated in the 1960s with its mayor, Jaime Lerner, who famously said, “This city is not for cars,” well before smart growth principles were adopted in the

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the

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Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

Homegrown food is so good, it has never gone out of style. However, a new study by the National Gardening Association (NGA) shows that food gardening is more in style than ever. It is so popular

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their

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Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

Quebec Residence Gets An Eco-Modernist Facelift

In a quaint subdivision overlooking the St. Lawrence River, one of the brick ranch homes suddenly looks a little different. Local firm Est Architecture re-envisioned the home based on the

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