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    Maria E Ignatieva

    Dr. Maria Ignatieva is Professor of Urban Ecology and Design at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences. She has worked extensively in Russia, the United States, New Zealand and recently in Sweden. Maria’s current interests include ‘putting nature back into neighborhoods’, theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to sustainable landscape design in the era of globalization with an emphasis to urban biodiversity and design. She also experienced in of landscape architecture, restoration and conservation of historical parks and gardens.

    December 3, 2015

    One of the big parks in Tokyo, Japan. Photo Maria Ignatieva
    Can Large Parks be Urban Green Saviors?
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala
    Richard Murray, Stockholm
    Henrik Waldenström, Stockholm

    A review of the Large Parks in Large Cities conference, Stockholm, 2-4 September 2015. The prognosis for urbanization is challenging—in the next 40 years, urban population will double. Under the growing pressure of modern urban development, large parks are valued...

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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
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    Fadi Hamdan, Beirut
    John Hartig, Detroit
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala
    Michael Jemtrud, Montreal
    Deborah Lev, Portland
    Louise Lezy-Bruno, Paris
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    Rebecca Salminen Witt, Detroit
    Eric Sanderson, New York
    Philip Silva, New York

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    April 5, 2015

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    Chinese Urban Green Areas: Classic Gardens to a Globalized Landscape
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala
    Na Xiu, Uppsala & Xi’an
    Fengping Yang, Uppsala

    In October 2014, we had a great opportunity to explore different green areas of several Chinese cities within the project “Sustainable green infrastructure in urban-rural areas of China based on eco-civilization,” which was sponsored by the Chinese Government. It was...

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    August 28, 2014

    Shadowed green roof. Skansen Museum, 2013
    The New Is Well Forgotten Old: Scandinavian Vernacular Experience on Biodiverse Green Roofs
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala
    Anna Bubnova, St. Petersburg

    Green roofs are becoming more popular around the globe and are considered to be a very progressive landscape design devise in urban areas. The green roof has started to become fashionable—it is even considered as one of the “compulsory” sustainable...

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    February 12, 2014

    Large parts of the southern Lake shore was planted with reeds where a popular system of recreational boardwalks was built. Photo: Maria Ignatieva
    Hammarby Sjöstad — A New Generation of Sustainable Urban Eco-Districts
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala
    Per Berg, Stockholm

    Hammarby sjöstad (Hammarby Lake City) is an urban development project directly south of Stockholm’s South Island. This is no doubt the most referenced and visited spot among Scandinavian examples of implemented eco-friendly urban developments. Hammarby is included in many publications,...

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    September 18, 2013

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    St. Petersburg: Towards Integrated and Sustainable Green Infrastructure
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala

    Compared with other countries, Russia came relatively late to the world of market economy. It was a quite painful process as the Socialist planned economy changed to the demands of the market and working with private investors. Rapid urbanisation and...

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    January 27, 2013

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    Historic Gardens – Where Nature Meets Culture – Can be Urban Biodiversity Hotspots
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala

    I was lucky to be born in St. Petersburg, Russia, the city of museums and parks.  My first scientific passion was exactly historical imperial gardens.  Traditionally gardens have been seen as very special places, as paradises where people can enjoy...

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    July 24, 2012

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    Let us champion “Biodiversinesque” landscape design for the 21st century
    Maria E Ignatieva, Uppsala

    I started my research as a landscape architect and urban ecologist in St. Petersburg, Russia. My home town is one of the biggest European cities and it is famous for numerous historical landscapes. In that time (1990’s) investigation of urban...

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