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May 27, 2015 Cities, People, Business and Nature: In Search of Innovative Models of Engagement Chantal van Ham,  Brussels

Seek the silent places where no jarring sound is heard and nothing breaks the stillness but the singing of a bird. Nature tells her secrets not to those who hurry by, but to those who walk with quiet heart and...

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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 19, 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 |  15 Comment(s)
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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...

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May 26, 2015 Nature, New York, and the Practice of Paying Attention Philip Silva, New York City

A review of Still the Same Hawk, edited by John Waldman. 2012. ISBN: 9780823249893. Fordham University Press, New York. 160 pages. “Dualism is the defining quality of urban nature.”  Thus begins John Waldman’s introduction to Still the Same Hawk, a...

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May 24, 2015 Birds: Iconic Emissaries of Urban Nature Mike Houck, Portland

Among the many lessons learned over my decades-long career in urban conservation is that iconography matters. Icons have proven to be...

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May 20, 2015 Urban China’s Appetite for Land Judy Li, Beijing
Xie Pengfei, Beijing

Efficient land use for urban development is crucial for limiting urban sprawl, conserving nature around a city, and improving the...

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May 17, 2015 The Waste Economy as a Transformative Gendered Practice for Sustainable Resource Management in Urban Africa Buyana Kareem, Kampala

Frameworks for understanding the gendered nature of urban waste management have yet to emerge and analyses on the relationship between...

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May 13, 2015 Regulating the Bee Buzz Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

Most people would agree that honeybees need help. Concerns about their dwindling numbers and the pesticides used on the food...

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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 City |  Jonathan Stenvall,  Stockholm |  Benjamin Swett,  New York City | 
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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in Singapore. Photo: Atelier Dreiseitl
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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Storm damage along the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York, as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  Photo by Terah L. Mollise/U.S. Navy from Wikimedia Commons
November 13, 2013 The Catch-22 of Resilience Eric Sanderson,  New York City

Ecologists who study how ecosystems change over time know there is a balance between resilience and adaptation.  Resilience is a measure of how long it takes for an ecosystem to return to a previous state.  For example, how many decades...

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“Jardin d´Éole” – Novo parque na zona norte da Cidade: ecossistema arenoso no lado direitor, com pequeno alagado construído na extrema direita. Photo: Cecilia Herzog
November 10, 2013 People Take Over Nature in Cities with their Own Hands Cecilia Herzog,  Rio de Janeiro

Em Português. Urban food production is gaining momentum with launching of books, seminars and congresses, websites and social media. Some cities have programs to promote people-nature direct contact through vegetable gardens — common or in allotment gardens. Urban dwellers are becoming...

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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...

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December 14, 2013 What Does Urban Nature-Related Graffiti Tell Us? A Photo Essay from the City of Cape Town Pippin Anderson,  Cape Town

Graffiti, revered and loathed by turn, provides insights into societal attitudes and perceptions. In this short photo essay I present nature-related graffiti from the City of Cape Town. Cape Town still bares the hallmarks of apartheid with significant race-based development...

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