A review of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach by David C. Rouse and Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa. 2013. 157 pages. ISBN: 978-1-611900-62-0. Report Number 571. Planning Advisory Service. American Planning Association. Available here. This PAS Report, in line with the current principles of sustainability, discusses green infrastructure (GI) as the visible expression of natural and human … Continue reading Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure
Parks have been significant sources of open space in urban history, ranging from private, even sacred spaces to fully public spaces serving as central points of social interaction and recreation (Stanley et al. 2012). On any given day, many thousands of people spend several hours outdoors in their local park simply living their lives. In … Continue reading Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires?
A review of Designing Greenways: Sustainable Landscapes for Nature and People (Second Edition), 2006 by Paul Cawood Hellmund and Daniel Somers Smith (editors), 270 pp. ISBN 1-55963-325-5. Island Press, Washington Greenways (GW)—from wide wild areas to narrow urban trails—are linear bands of land and water designed and managed for multiple purposes such as nature conservation, flood water … Continue reading Practical Advice for the Design of Greenways
Environmental perception by people is complex and dynamic. Individuals are active agents in their perceptions of nature—not passive receivers of information—while the environment is a global unity on which environmental processes within cities are based. Cognitive, interpretive and evaluative components are all incorporated into the perceptual processes of individuals. The world we perceive is a … Continue reading We Should Look at Urban Nature More Through the Eyes of Children
Recently Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, has begun a transformation to reduce the urban processes that have negative effects on biodiversity. The city has an area of 202 square kilometers and a population of 2.9 million. Every day up to four million people enter in the city from the metropolitan area to work. … Continue reading Buenos Aires Tries to Design for Biodiversity
Today I would like to celebrate the First Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE), which took place at the end of July in Berlin, just in the place where urban ecology emerged as a discipline. And also I’ll consider what our discipline of urban ecology has to say to people in cities such … Continue reading The Power of Unkempt Wilderness in the Hearts of Berlin and Buenos Aires
Evidence from many cities around the world shows that urbanization is a widespread process that homogenises biota as ecological communities become more alike one another through the introduction and extinction of species. On account of this process, there is great concern about the conservation of local biodiversity, which may suffer a decline due to the … Continue reading Vegetation Changes Associated with Coastal Tourist Urbanization
Botanical gardens (BGs) are places where people like to be. They provide not only amenities and relaxation for the visitors but opportunities to learn about plants and their environment. In many cases they represent one of the few opportunities for city dwellers to connect with nature. At the same time provide an exceptional introduction to … Continue reading Botanical Gardens: More Than Places at Which the Plants Are Labelled