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    Ana Faggi

    Argentine National Council of Research
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Ana Faggi is a researcher at the Argentine National Council of Research. She is also dean in the School of Ecological Engineering at the Flores University, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research and teaching have been focused on regional ecology particularly on restoration and the conservation of biodiversity.

    May 9, 2016

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    Case Studies from Colombia that are Valuable Across South America
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of Naturaleza Urbana. plataforma de experiencias, edited by María Angélica Mejía. 2016. ISBN 978-958-8889-69-6. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, Bogotá. 208 pages. The Spanish version of the book can be downloaded here. An English version will...

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    April 14, 2016

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    Linear Parks: Meeting People’s Everyday Needs for Secure Recreation, Commuting, and Access to Nature
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Claudia Zuleyka Vidal, Cali

    In previous contributions to The Nature of Cities (for example, Das (2015); Tsur (2014)), some authors have reported successful experiences or projects of linear open spaces providing green access to more people across neighborhoods or adapting old infrastructure to modern...

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    February 22, 2016

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    Green Infrastructure is Possible, and Necessary, for Communities at Multiple Scales
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-Scale Approach, by Karen Firehock, with chapter seven by R Andrew Walker. 2015. ISBN 978-1-61091-692-9. Island Press, Washington. 138 pages. Buy the book. Almost everyone knows what urban greening looks like and how much...

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    October 19, 2015

    Transportation improvement in Bogotá. A green roof at the bus stop. Photo: Ana Faggi
    Urban Latin America: How’s it Going?
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of the status of and need for green urban work in Latin America as of 2015. Throughout the Latin American continent, metropolitan areas and intermediate cities are growing rapidly with their individuality and particular regional features. More than...

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    July 7, 2015

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    Sustainable Design is Useful, Beautiful, and Connected to People
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of Sustainable Infrastructure. The Guide to Green Engineering and Design, by S. Bry Sarté. 2010. ISBN 978-0-470-45361-2. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ. 364 pages. Sustainable infrastructure design—from water, energy, material flows, built systems—is the art of seeking solutions...

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    June 30, 2015

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    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, Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio
    Rebecca Salminen Witt, Detroit
    Eric Sanderson, New York
    Philip Silva, New York

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    April 2, 2015

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    Complex and Useful, Green Is Infrastructure
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of Green Infrastructure: A Landscape Approach, by David C. Rouse and Ignacio F. Bunster-Ossa. 2013.  ISBN: 978-1-611900-62-0. Report Number 571. Planning Advisory Service. American Planning Association. 157 pages. Available here.  This PAS Report, in line with the current...

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    March 9, 2015

    Parks and plazas of Buenos Aires. Centenario and Rivadavia – Parks (above left and right); Misericordia and Pueyrredón Plazas (below left and right).
    Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires?
    Jonathan Craik, London
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Sebastian Miguel, Buenos Aires
    Leslie Vorraber, Buenos Aires

    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...

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    January 9, 2015

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    Practical Advice for the Design of Greenways
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of Designing Greenways: Sustainable Landscapes for Nature and People (Second Edition), edited by Paul Cawood Hellmund and Daniel Somers Smith. 2006. ISBN 1-55963-325-5. Island Press, Washington. 270 pages.  Greenways (GW)—from  wide wild areas to narrow urban trails—are linear bands of land...

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    January 6, 2015

    Garden by the Bay, Singapore. Design credit: Grant Associates. Photo: Darren Chin
    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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    September 14, 2014

    To the left of the picture dark colours showing litter, death trees and fish, and a contaminating industry near their homes. To the right, harmony between the urban fabric and the nature nearby. Drawn by Valentina,13 years old
    We Should Look at Urban Nature More Through the Eyes of Children 
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Jürgen Breuste, Salzburg

    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...

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    July 7, 2014

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    How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones? How do we reduce damage from exotic invasives when management resources are limited? Are there conflicts between management or eradication efforts and building general support for urban biodiversity?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    David Burg, New York City
    Mark Davis, Saint Paul
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Katie Holzer, Davis
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    Deborah Lev, Portland
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Matt Palmer, New York City
    Toby Query, Portland
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Paula Villagra & Carmen Silva, Los Rios, Chile
    Peter Werner

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    February 26, 2014

    Fig. 2 In Buenos Aires city native (Zenaida auriculata) and exotic doves (Columba livia) are very abundant in compacted build areas with higher population density. They dominate especially in neighborhoods with lower presence of parks.
    Buenos Aires Tries to Design for Biodiversity
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    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...

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    December 3, 2013

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    Money for urban biodiversity is scarce. What is the single most important idea, program or action any city should undertake to promote biodiversity?
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    John Kostyack, Washington, D.C.
    Bram Gunther, New York
    Peter Werner
    Andre Mader, Montreal
    David Maddox, New York City

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    September 8, 2013

    Schöneberger Südgelände, Berlin. Photo: Ana Faggi
    The Power of Unkempt Wilderness in the Hearts of Berlin and Buenos Aires
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    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...

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    March 24, 2013

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    Vegetation Changes Associated with Coastal Tourist Urbanization
    Ana Faggi, 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...

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    October 26, 2012

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    Botanical Gardens: More Than Places at Which the Plants Are Labelled
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    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...

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