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September 28, 2016 Designing Ecologically Sensitive Green Infrastructure that Serves People and Nature
Christine Thuring,  Sheffield

“Cities separate us from nature, do they not?” —Light, 2003 No, they don’t; or at least they don’t have to. The good news: green infrastructure is expanding and gradually softening a proportion of our planet’s increasingly urban surface. It appears we’re on the right track, as recent years have witnessed a global emergence in the implementation of ecological interventions alongside...

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September 25, 2016 How can we make urban nature and its value more apparent, more “visible” to people?
Simone Borelli,  Rome |  Sarah Charlop-Powers,  New York |  Marcus Collier,  Dublin |  Sven Eberlein,  Oakland |  David Goode,  Bath |  Leen Gorissen,  Antwerp |  Cecilia Herzog,  Rio de Janeiro |  Seth Magle,  Chicago |  Polly Moseley,  Liverpool |  Ragene Palma,  Manila |  Jennifer Sánchez,  San José |  Richard Scott,  Liverpool |  Chantal van Ham,  Brussels |  Gavin Van Horn,  Chicago |  Mark Weckel,  New York |  Mike Wetter,  Portland |  Niki Frantzeskaki,  Rotterdam |  Hastings Chikoko,  Johannesburg |  3 Comment(s)
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September 11, 2016 How Did Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration Get Its Start?
Philip Silva, New York

Story Notes: A casual chat on a bus nearly thirty years ago led to the improbable removal of a major elevated highway and the restoration of a beloved river in the old city center of Seoul in South Korea. Dr. Soo Hong Noh, a professor of environmental engineering at Yonsei University, became a champion for bringing back the Cheonggyecheon River...

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September 26, 2016 Urban Wildlife—Celebrating the Commonplace
Mike Houck, Portland

A review of Field Guide to Urban Wildlife: Common Animals of Cities & Suburbs How They Adapt & Thrive by Julie Feinstein. 2011. Stackpole Books. ISBN978-0-8117-0585-1. 453 pages. Buy the book. While it may have set a Guiness record for longest subtitle, Julie Feinstein’s Field Guide to Urban Wildlife caused me to reminisce about a birding class I taught many years ago....

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September 25, 2016 The Promise of the Big City: Migrants and Refugees Will Come to Your City. It’s Not a Novel Idea, but Cities Act Like it Is
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

“My husband is in Moscow.” “My son and his wife moved to Moscow a few years ago.” “My brother and sister work in Moscow.” “I want to go to Moscow. I can find a job there, and make more money than here.” We heard all sorts of versions of this story for almost three months while we collected visas in...

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September 21, 2016 HERITAGE: Downtrodden and Torn Down
Steve Brown, Sydney

Sydney is in heritage crisis mode. Ancient Aboriginal campsites are being dug-up and destroyed. Low-income residents are being forcibly removed from their long occupied, heritage-listed, city-centre homes and apartments. Magnificent and much-loved trees are being uprooted from their parkland settings. These actions are having emotional affects for individuals and communities, undermining people’s feelings of well-being, and changing the livability of...

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September 18, 2016 Three Key Ideas for Making Sense of Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Ecosystem Management
Camilo Ordóñez, Toronto

The sustainability of urban ecosystems depends on how we respond to future social, economic, and environmental challenges. From reducing the negative effects of highly engineered infrastructure on the ecological functioning of natural systems in cities, to achieving a more equal provision of ecosystem services in the urban social landscape, each challenge is unique. However, no challenge has more potential to...

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September 14, 2016 Swarms in the City
Valerie Gwinner, Nairobi

The final night of the European Soccer Cup in July, 2016, brought together some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fans. France, the hosting team, was hoping to ride a wave of wins to capture their third Eurocup title, following successes in 1984 and 2000. But it was not to be, as Portugal won its first-ever European championship in...

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Aug,2016 What are the unifying elements of an urban ecology of the Global South and geographic south? Are they different than those in the north?
Pippin Anderson,  Cape Town |  Olga Barbosa,  Valdivia |  Timothy Bonebrake,  Hong Kong |  Bharat Dahiya,  Bangkok |  Ana Faggi,  Buenos Aires |  Sabina Caula,  Ibarra, Ecuador |  Shuaib Lwasa,  Kampala |  Fadi Hamdan,  Beirut |  Yvonne Lynch,  Melbourne |  Colin Meurk,  Lincoln |  Sue Parnell,  Cape Town |  Steward Pickett,  Poughkeepsie |  Luis Sandoval,  San José, Costa Rica |  Seth Schindler,  Sheffield |  Tan Puay Yok,  Singapore | 
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Jun,2016 Urban agriculture has many benefits. Is one of them a contribution to urban sustainability?
Jane Battersby,  Cape Town |  Katrin Bohn,  Brighton |  Christopher Bryant,  Montreal |  Easther Chigumira,  Harare |  Evan Fraser,  Guelph |  Kelly Hodgins,  Guelph |  Patrick Hurley,  Collegeville, PA |  Francois Mancebo,  Paris |  Idah Mbengo,  Harare |  Innisfree McKinnon,  Menomonie |  Leslie McLees,  Eugene |  Geneviève Metson,  Vancouver |  Navin Ramankutty,  Vancouver |  Kristin Reynolds,  New York City |  Esther Sanyé-Mengual,  Bologna |  Shaleen Singhal,  New Delhi |  Kathrin Specht,  Müncheberg |  Naomi Tsur,  Jerusalem |  Andre Viljoen,  Brighton |  Claudia Visoni,  São Paulo | 
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May,2016 Common threads: connections among the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Elinor Ostrom, and their relevance to urban socio-ecology
Paul Downton,  Melbourne |  Johan Enqvist,  Stockholm |  Sheila Foster,  New York City |  Lisa Gansky,  San Francisco |  Mathieu Hélie,  Montréal |  Mark Hostetler,  Gainesville |  Michelle Johnson,  New York City |  Marianne Krasny,  Ithaca |  David Maddox,  New York City |  Michael Mehaffy,  Portland |  Harini Nagendra,  Bangalore |  Raul Pacheco-Vega,  Aguascalientes |  Mary Rowe,  New York City |  Alex Russ,  Ithaca |  Laura Shillington,  Managua & Montreal |  Anne Trumble,  Los Angeles |  Arjen Wals,  Wageningen |  Abigail York,  Tempe | 
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Apr,2016 Visions of resilience: Eighteen artists say or show something in response to the word “resilience”
Juan Carlos Arroyo,  Bogotá |  David Brooks,  New York City |  Katrine Claassens,  Cape Town |  Emilio Fantin,  Milan |  Ganzeer,  Los Angeles |  Lloyd Godman,  Melbourne |  Fran Ilich,  New York City |  Frida Larios,  Antiguo Cuzcatlán, Copán, and Washington |  Todd Lester,  Säo Paulo |  Patrick Lydon,  San Jose & Seoul |  Mary Mattingly,  New York City |  David Maddox,  New York City |  E. J. McAdams,  New York City |  Mary Miss,  New York City |  Edna Peres,  Johannesburg |  Caroline Robinson,  Auckland |  Finzi Saidi,  Pretoria |  Keijiro Suzuki,  Yamaguchi & Nagoya | 
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November 18, 2014 Building Ecological Services: Restoring the Ecosystem Services of the Habitats We Are Replacing with Human Development
Whitney Hopkins,  London

Every year, new scientific advances indicate life is more interwoven than we ever imagined. From recent reports that reveal the cascading effects of wolves’ reintroduction to Wyoming to current studies that track the dire impact of...

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February 1, 2015 Ways Forward from China’s Urban Waste Problem
Judy Li,  Beijing

Urban waste management is a crucial component of our constant interaction with the environment within and around our cities. Managing waste efficiently and sustainably is a unique challenge for us all that depends on development trends, socioeconomic composition, political situation, and a host of other factors. This dependence is especially evident in China, where the past 30 years of rapid...

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October 21, 2015 Ceci n’est pas une pipe: Unpacking Injustice in Paris
Francois Mancebo,  Paris

“We all know the sound of two hands clapping. But what is the sound of one hand clapping?” says a famous Zen Koan. At first consideration, it seems impossible to conjecture about the “just city” without having already in mind what is an “unjust city,” and vice versa. But my opinion is that this is wrong: It is possible to define what a “just...

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May 10, 2015 Birds are for Girls? What Children’s Media Teaches Kids about Nature and Cities
Laura Shillington,  Managua & Montreal

In his essay published on The Nature of Cities in 2013, Keitaro Ito asked what seems at first to be a simple question: “Where will children learn about nature?” Yet it is actually an incredibly complex question, caught up in adult ideas that romanticize both childhood and nature. Children’s understanding and experiences of the world have a diverse set of...

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