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April 29, 2015 Nature in View, Nature in Design: Reconnecting People with Nature through Design Whitney Hopkins,  Vail and New York City

“The more we know of other forms of life, the more we enjoy and respect ourselves…Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.” —...

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April 21, 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 City |  Jonathan Stenvall,  Stockholm |  Benjamin Swett,  New York City |  0 Comment(s)
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April 15, 2015 What Is Civic Ecology? 25 Definitions. TNOC Podcast Episode 004 David Maddox, New York City

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball of Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab convened a workshop in Annapolis Maryland, at the offices of The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, or SESYNC. (I [David Maddox] facilitated.) The workshop was a gathering...

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May 2, 2015 A World without Cars, as Imagined by Eric Sanderson Paul White, New York City

A review of: Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars and Suburbs, by Eric W. Sanderson. 2013. ISBN 978-1-4197-0434-5. Abrahams, New York. 351 pages. “…and thus we layered a continent with asphalt and linoleum.”—Eric Sanderson (Terra Nova) In 2010, Brooklyn’s...

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April 26, 2015 In the Future, Will We Build Cities for Wildlife and Design the Countryside for People? Amy Hahs, Parkville, Australia

Cities have long been known as hotspots for innovation. In the past, much of this could be attributed to cities...

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April 21, 2015 A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities Andre Mader, Montreal

I like to simplify what constitutes urban nature in a given area. I therefore thought it might be interesting to...

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April 16, 2015 A Tree Hitched to the Universe Russell Galt, Cape Town

A wee garden in a windy city From a leafy suburb in the shadow of Table Mountain, I need not...

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April 12, 2015 A Tech Touch: Connecting Beaches, Parks, and Big Data Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

Smart city technology is going beyond data-collecting sensors in streetlights and on garbage containers. It’s expanding to beaches and parks,...

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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 City |  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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Jan,2015 Is there such a thing as a “bird friendly city”? What does it look like? What does it not look like? Why bother? Tim Beatley,  Charlottesville |  Luke Engleback,  Tunbridge Wells |  Dusty Gedge,  London |  David Goode,  London |  Madhusudan Katti,  Fresno |  John Marzluff,  Seattle |  Bongani Mnisi,  Cape Town |  Glenn Phillips,  New York City |  Kaveh Samiei,  Tehran |  Ken Smith,  New York |  Yolanda van Heezik,  Dunedin |  Maxime Zucca,  Paris | 
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Jan,2015 Urban water fronts have typically been sites of heavy development and often are sites of pollution or exclusive access. But they have enormous potential benefits. How can we unlock these benefits for everyone? Are there ecological vs. social vs. economic tradeoffs? Mitchell Chester,  Miami |  PK Das,  Mumbai |  Ana Faggi,  Buenos Aires |  Andrew Grant,  Bath |  John Hartig,  Detroit |  Roland Lewis,  New York |  Joe Lobko,  Toronto |  Robert Morris-Nunn,  Hobart |  Rob Pirani,  New York |  Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk,  Miami |  Andréa Albuquerque G. Redondo,  Rio de Janeiro |  Bradley Rink,  Cape Town |  Hita Unnikrishnan,  Bangalore |  Jay Valgora,  New York |  Mike Wells,  Bath | 
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January 2, 2014 Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2013 David Maddox,  New York City

A new vision of ecologically sophisticated cities has been gaining momentum. Today, in increasing numbers, scientists, designers, and practitioners create useful knowledge about the nature of cities through research and action that inspires public debate and decision makers. More citizens are becoming more...

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August 11, 2013 A Comic Book Sparks Kids Toward Environmental Justice Rebecca Bratspies,  New York City

In my first blog post for The Nature of Cities, I wrote about environmental justice as a bridge between traditional environmentalism and an increasingly urban global population. I suggested that we had work to do to makes environmental concerns salient...

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April 17, 2013 Parks as Green Infrastructure, Green Infrastructure as Parks: How Need, Design and Technology Are Coming Together to Make Better Cities Adrian Benepe,  New York City

In my work at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and more recently with the Trust for Public Land, I have been fortunate to be involved at the nexus of landscape architecture, civil engineering, urban design, environmental...

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April 9, 2015 What are “Garden Cities” Without a Garden Culture? How a Cultural Connection with Nature Can Build a Truly Sustainable Future Patrick Lydon,  San Jose & Seoul

This marks the fourth year that my partner Suhee Kang and I have been studying, working with, living with, and learning from individuals in East Asia and the U.S. who are at the forefront of the sustainable (agri)culture movement. During...

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