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August 26, 2015 Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development Oliver Hillel,  Montreal
Manuela Gervasi,  Montreal

The challenge of integrated approaches We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good aspects. Smart catalytic action can produce benefits across many levels—science has explained that butterfly wings can affect planetary weather. We...

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May 13, 2015 The City Bee. TNOC Podcast Episode 005 Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona
David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: (See the companion essay here.) Bees have always been a part of the city landscape. But something is happening in the world today that’s making their presence more noticeable. Whether it’s because people love honey or want to better understand bee behavior or are looking for sustainable ways to support the vital pollinator ecosystem, people’s interest...

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August 10, 2015 Glasgow Made the Clyde and the Clyde Made Glasgow Allison Palenske, Edinburgh

A review of “Clyde Reflections,” an art film by Stephen Hurrel and  Ruth Brennan, on exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland. The west coast of Scotland has been known to enchant, with its rough coastal edges, intricately carved islands, charming towns, and an aquatic landscape that is as often tranquil as it is a testament to...

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August 24, 2015 Risk: How Can We Put the UN, Governments, and the Public on the Same Page? Fadi Hamdan, Beirut

Urban populations—and the associated concentration of livelihoods and assets in cities—continue to increase worldwide, thereby increasing exposure to hazards. Coupled with aging infrastructure and housing stock, this trend leads to an increase in vulnerability. And this vulnerability is compounded by climate-change driven storms, sea-level rise, and associated flooding and landslides. Such events are increasing year after year; still, governments avoid...

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August 19, 2015 Getting Our Nature On: Take a Train and Start Walking Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

How to bring together nature, fitness, and public transportation. A few weeks ago, my partner, Lluís, and I wanted to go for a two-day trek, to test some camping gear, to sleep outdoors, and to listen to birds while walking under the shade of pine trees. But we didn’t want to make a big deal of it. This wasn’t meant...

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August 16, 2015 London: A National Park City David Goode, London

Something very significant is happening in London. It’s a plan to make London the world’s first National Park City. Now that’s an idea that could catch on in a very big way. Over the past 18 months, a movement has been growing, drawing together Londoners who want to apply National Park principles to the whole of Greater London. The aim...

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August 12, 2015 Let Streams of Linear Open Spaces Flow Across Urban Landscapes PK Das, Mumbai

Can we re-envision our cities with a stream of linear open spaces, defining a new geography of cities? Can we break away from large, monolithic spaces and geometric structures into fluid open spaces, meandering, modulating and negotiating varying city terrains, as rivers and watercourses do? This way, the new structure of open spaces would relate to and integrate with many more...

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Jun,2015 10 scientists and 10 practitioners walk into a bar…what would they talk about? How can research and knowledge generation be co-created to better support practitioners and evidence-based decision making? Myla Aronson,  New Brunswick |  Georgina Avlonitis,  Cape Town |  Keith Bowers,  Charleston |  Sarah Charlop-Powers,  New York |  Haripriya Gundimeda,  Mumbai |  Bram Gunther,  New York |  Ana Faggi,  Buenos Aires |  Amy Hahs,  Parkville, Australia |  Fadi Hamdan,  Beirut |  John Hartig,  Detroit |  Mark Hostetler,  Gainesville |  Maria E Ignatieva,  Uppsala |  Michael Jemtrud,  Montreal |  Deborah Lev,  Portland |  Louise Lezy-Bruno,  Paris |  Yvonne Lynch,  Melbourne |  Ian MacGregor-Fors,  Veracruz |  Charlie Nilon,  Columbia |  Diane Pataki,  Salt Lake City |  Jose Puppim,  Montreal |  Rebecca Salminen Witt,  Detroit |  Eric Sanderson,  New York |  Philip Silva,  New York | 
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NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2012) Damage Control Fireman Louis Durante waits along Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y., for a dewatering team from the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). Durante, from New York, was on leave when Hurricane Sandy struck and met the dewatering team to help dewater apartment complexes in Rockaway Beach. The U.S. Navy has positioned forces in the area to assist U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in support of FEMA and local civil authorities following the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.
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May,2015 Taking “resilience” out of the realm of metaphor. How do you measure resilience in cities? How would you know if your city or your community was resilient? Keren Bolter,  Fort Lauderdale |  Cezar Busatto,  Porto Alegre |  Lorenzo Chelleri,  L'Aquila |  William Dunbar,  Tokyo |  Thomas Elmqvist,  Stockholm |  Antoine Faye,  Dakar |  Richard Friend,  Bangkok |  Lance Gunderson,  Atlanta |  Tom Henfrey,  Bristol |  Patricia Holly,  Barcelona and Nairobi |  Dan Lewis,  Barcelona and Nairobi |  Rachna Leveque,  London |  Shuaib Lwasa,  Kampala |  Timon McPhearson,  New York |  Franco Montalto,  Philadelphia and Venice |  Luciana Nery,  Rio de Janeiro |  Henk Ovink,  The Hague |  Elisabeth Peyroux,  Paris |  Catherine Sutherland,  Durban |  Pakamas Thinphanga,  Bangkok |  Claire Weisz,  New York |  Daniel Zarrilli,  New York | 
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Apr,2015 Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists show and talk about their work Joshua Burch,  London |  Emilio Fantin,  Milan |  Mike Feller,  New York City |  Andrés Flajszer,  Barcelona |  Mike Houck,  Portland |  Chris Jordan,  Seattle |  Robin Lasser,  Oakland |  Monika Lawrence,  Bemidji |  Patrick Lydon,  San Jose & Seoul |  David Maddox,  New York City |  Chris Payne,  New York City |  Eric Sanderson,  New York |  Jonathan Stenvall,  Stockholm |  Benjamin Swett,  New York City | 
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Mar,2015 Daylighting and restoring urban streams, ponds and wetlands can provide huge ecological and social benefits. Are such restorations “worth it”? What are the pitfalls? How can we demonstrate these benefits and elevate them in the public discourse so that urban wetlands become urban planning priorities? Adrian Benepe,  New York City |  Keith Bowers,  Charleston |  Meredith Dobbie,  Victoria |  Susannah Drake,  New York City |  Herbert Dreiseitl,  Überlingen |  Marit Larson,  New York City |  Chan-Won Lee,  Changwon |  Kaitlin Lovell,  Portland |  Alberto Tacón,  Valdivia | 
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March 10, 2013 Critical Questions to Integrate Ecologies and Economies Across Urban-Rural Gradients Juana Mariño,  Bogota

“A sustainable city is one which contributes to sustainable development, and to do this it must have a high level of urbanization. (…) Without urbanization, it’s nearly impossible to have important development and growth in the economy.To have a city that generates wealth, prosperity and jobs for young people, you need to have planned organization. (….) This is the price...

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July 22, 2015 How Does Your Garden Grow? Stories from South African Gardeners Pippin Anderson,  Cape Town

Why do we plant what we do in our personal gardens? It turns out it’s driven by a complicated mix of personal philosophy and social posturing, which sometimes are at odds. And, it turns out, in South Africa and many other countries, we don’t even plant our own gardens. This is done by “unskilled” and immigrant laborers. We talk a...

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Tempelhofer Feld Community Workshop for the park's emerging "Development & Management Plan", held on Friday November 28th in Tempelhof Airport Terminal Building. Photo: Katharine Burgess
December 10, 2014 Community Participation in Parks Development: Two Examples from Berlin Katharine Burgess,  Berlin

On a Friday night at the end of November 2014, nearly 200 people arrived in the departures zone of Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport for five hours of presentations, working groups and community-led exhibitions. A projection screen stood on the baggage carousel, and former glass-walled airport offices held bulletin boards and tables of sticky notes for brainstorming sessions. Exhibition boards in...

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May 31, 2015 “Community in Nature”: Reconnecting Singapore’s Urbanites with Nature Lena Chan,  Singapore
Linda Goh,  Singapore
Samantha Lai,  Singapore
Boyi Zhou,  Singapore

In an increasingly urbanised world, there is a growing disconnect between the people who live in cities and the natural environment. Urbanites tend to have less contact with natural habitats and biodiversity than their country or rural counterparts, and in some cases have been known to develop a disinterest or distaste for natural settings. This “Nature-Deficit Disorder”, as described by...

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