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May 5, 2016 School Partnerships Polly Knowlton Cockett,  Calgary
Janet Dyment,  Hobart
Mariona Espinet,  Barcelona
Yu Huang,  Beijing

Introduction Urban schools—any public, private, or charter schools delivering formal primary or secondary education—are key institutions in the shaping of vibrant and sustainable cities. Imagining such cities depends on the assumptions and ideologies of those involved in the transformation of urban sites, and moving beyond perceiving urban schools as problematic institutions (Pink and Noblit, 2007). Globally, a steady process of...

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April 30, 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 |  3 Comment(s)
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February 29, 2016 The Flint Water Crisis Illuminated by Citizen Science—TNOC Podcast Episode 6 Philip Silva, New York

Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Federal regulations make clean drinking something close to a guaranteed right for residents of cities in the United States, but not all urban water systems are created equal. Last year, independent scientists and grassroots activists discovered a widespread problem with lead levels in the water pouring into the city of Flint, Michigan. Though local officials assured...

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April 4, 2016 Comparing Apples to Peaches: Cities in the United States and Canada Mary Rowe, New York City

A review of America’s Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border, by Ray Tomalty and Alan Mallach. 2016. ISBN: 9781610915960. Island Press. 312 pages. Buy the book. Canada and the United States share the longest unprotected border between two sovereign nations in the world. Current electoral politics in the U.S. aside, that status is unlikely to change, ever. Connected...

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May 3, 2016 Designing for a Moving Target: Adapting Our Buildings to a Changing Climate Chris Garvin, New York City
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Chris Starkey, New York City

High of 96°F today, much like the past week. Five days of relentless heat, and the humidity makes the city feel like a sauna that you can’t escape. The air buzzes with the sound of hundreds of window air conditioners that can’t seem to banish the heat from the buildings facing the blazing sun. The hospitals are seeing an influx...

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May 1, 2016 Environmental Education and Advancing Urbanization David Maddox, New York City
Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm
Alex Kudryavtsev, Ithaca

Introduction Cities—their design and how we live in them—will be key in our struggle for sustainability and, indeed, our future. As cities grow, as they are newly created, and as more and more people choose or require them as places to live, our decisions about urban design and city-building will determine the outcomes of long-term challenges related to resilience, sustainability,...

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April 28, 2016 lowlands—Small-Scale and Nimble Projects that Create Resilient and Just Cities Elliott Maltby, New York City

A research and design framework, lowlands looks at public housing projects in environmentally vulnerable locations—specifically, low-lying lands, often on former marshes. A quick survey of New York City public housing projects demonstrates that this is a common condition; in many cases, land available for public housing wasn’t previously developed because of its ecological vulnerability. Historical research, landscape performance, public space...

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Rocinha ("little farm", due to its agricultural vocation until the mid 20th century), located in the rich southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, is considered one of the most populous favelas in Brazil. Most of its 70,000 inhabitants live in houses made from concrete and brick and have access to basic sanitation, plumbing, and electricity. The neighborhood has a vibrant local economy. Source: www.atw181days.wordpress.com
April 26, 2016 They are Not “Informal Settlements”—They are Habitats Made by People Lorena Zárate, Mexico City

According to the UN, at least one third of the global urban population suffers from inadequate living conditions. Lack of access to basic services (drinking water and/or sanitation, not to mention energy, waste recollection, and transportation), low structural quality of shelters, overcrowding, dangerous locations, and insecure tenure are the main characteristics normally included in the definitions of so-called informal settlements....

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Mar,2016 Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities? Pauline Bullen,  Harare |  Paul Downton,  Adelaide |  Emilio Fantin,  Milan |  Ganzeer,  Los Angeles |  Germán Gomez,  Bogotá |  Sidd Joag,  New York City |  Patrick Lydon,  San Jose & Seoul |  David Maddox,  New York City |  Patrice Milillo,  Los Angeles |  Laura Shillington,  Managua & Montreal | 
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Mar,2016 Landscape initiatives are in operation or in development in many parts of the world. What is key to making them work and be useful? How are they good for cities? Steve Brown,  Sydney |  Martha Fajardo,  Bogota |  Carla Gonçalves,  Porto, Portugal |  Monica Luengo,  Madrid |  Claudia Misteli,  Barcelona |  Osvaldo Moreno,  Santiago |  Liana Jansen,  Cape Town |  Laura Spinadel,  Vienna |  Kenneth Taylor,  Canberra |  Menno Welling,  Zomba | 
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Jan,2016 Can cities save bees? How can urban habitats be made to serve pollinator conservation? How can that story be better told? Katherine Baldock,  Bristol |  Alison Benjamin,  London |  Sarah Bergmann,  Seattle |  Mark Goddard,  Newcastle |  Damon Hall,  St. Louis |  Tina Harrison,  New Brunswick |  Scott MacIvor,  Toronto |  Denise Mouga,  Joinville |  Matt Shardlow,  Peterborough |  Caragh Threlfall,  Melbourne | 
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Dec,2015 An explicitly urban Sustainable Development Goal has been adopted by the UN (#11). Now what? Where could it go wrong? Genie Birch,  Philadelphia |  Ben Bradlow,  Boston |  William Dunbar,  Tokyo |  Peter Head,  London |  Mark Hostetler,  Gainesville |  Hui Ling Lim,  Singapore |  Shuaib Lwasa,  Kampala |  Jose Puppim,  Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio |  Andrew Rudd,  New York City |  Karen Seto,  New Haven |  David Simon,  Gothenburg |  Bolanle Wahab,  Ibadan |  Lorena Zárate,  Mexico City | 
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September 14, 2015 The Myths of Alien Species: An Alternate Perspective on “Wild” Divya Gopal,  Berlin

A review of The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation, by Fred Pearce. 2015. ISBN 978-0-8070-3368-5 / ISBN 978-0-8070-3369-2. Beacon Press, Boston. 245 pages. The New Wild is an intriguing book that looks at non-native...

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October 19, 2015 Karachi and the Paralysis of Imagination Mahim Maher,  Karachi

You want to read about a vision of a just Karachi? The contract killer ($50 a hit) ripping up the road behind Disco Bakery on his Honda 200CC and the secret service colonel cracking skulls in a Clifton safehouse will both cite one vision: Dubai. This happens to also be the vision of the one-armed Afghan refugee selling Beijing socks off...

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February 1, 2016 Ecodesign is for Citizens and Nature, not for Consumers Paul Downton,  Adelaide

A review of Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs, by Jonathan Barnett and Larry Beasley. 2015. ISBN: 9781610913393. Island Press, Washington. 280 pages. Buy the book. This book has an unashamedly strong emphasis on the city of Vancouver as a model—a city that has taken a leadership role. “Hundreds of thousands” of people involved in designing the overall plan, as well as...

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October 10, 2012 No More Elsewheres Andrew Rudd,  New York City

The frogs of suburban Nairobi Four years ago I moved to Nairobi and repaired the concrete-lined fish pond on my property. Soon thereafter the frogs appeared unbidden. Their performance generally begins with a single peep or croak and rapidly crescendos into something so dramatic and deafening that it feels more like the opening refrain of Carmina Burana than a mundane...

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