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May 23, 2017 UPinARMS: How effective is environmental activism in cities of the Global South?
Sumetee Gajjar,  Bangalore

What do the Steel Flyover, the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited Power Plant in Yelahanka and Kaikondrahalli Lake have in common? They are all representative of how citizens across Bangalore are responding to environmental sustainability in the city, often linked to choices related to “development”. They were also discussed at a panel dedicated to Environmental Activism in Bangalore at City Scripts...

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May 17, 2017 ALWAYS TOGETHER: A Tale of Indigenous Buried Pasts and Pervasive Futures
Steve Brown,  Sydney

How many traces of Indigenous or First Peoples’ presence have you unknowingly walked, driven, or otherwise passed over today? In my case, walking along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, through the inner-city suburbs of Glebe and Camperdown, and across parklands to my workplace, the University of Sydney, I am conscious of having traversed numerous buried cultural remains of past Australian Aboriginal...

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May 8, 2017 To whom does a city’s nature belong? Is it a common pool resource, or a public good? And who decides?
Amita Baviskar,  Delhi |  Lindsay Campbell,  New York City |  James Connolly,  Barcelona |  Sheila Foster,  New York City |  Phil Ginsburg,  San Francisco |  Jeff Hou,  Seattle |  Marianne Krasny,  Ithaca |  Mary Mattingly,  New York City |  Oona Morrow,  Berlin |  Harini Nagendra,  Bangalore |  Raul Pacheco-Vega,  Aguascalientes |  Michael Sarbanes,  Baltimore |  Philip Silva,  New York |  Diana Wiesner,  Bogota |  4 Comment(s)
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May 8, 2017 Tracing Contemporary Landscape Architecture to Sound Ecological Foundations
Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie

A review of Toward an Urban Ecology, by Kate Orff. 2016. ISBN978-1-58093-436-7. The Monacelli Press, New York. 272 pages. Buy the book. Kate Orff, one of the leading ecologically-oriented landscape architects working today, and her firm, SCAPE, have put together an engaging and important book. The book describes what it means to pursue urban design, revitalization, and social engagement based on...

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May 14, 2017 What South Asian Cities Seem to be Missing
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

I slump into the sofa of the hotel lobby. It’s been another exhausting day walking through India. We squeezed ourselves through narrow alleyways where bicycle carts, cows, and mopeds also wrestle to move a few feet forward. We sidestepped the foil cookie wrappers, paper tea cups, plastic flour bags, and banana-leaf plates swept into a pile by an old, hunched...

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May 10, 2017 Urban Landscape: Reading Nature from Big to Small Scales
Gloria Aponte, Medellín

Cities start, grow, expand, and usually—mainly in developing countries—exceed their limits, overflowing into rural and wild lands. This city growth applies not only to the imposition of manmade facets on geographical extensions, but to increases in the city’s complexity and dynamics. Urban phenomena start and keep mistreating nature beyond the city’s official boundaries, not just in physical terms, but through...

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May 7, 2017 Eight Machinic Scenes in Hamasen, Taiwan
Brian McGrath, New York City
Cheng-Luen Hsueh, Tainan

In this post, we report on a recent design workshop at National Cheng Kung University, or NCKU, in Tainan, Taiwan, a continuation a series of of intensive practicums held at undergraduate schools of architecture in successive locations internationally since 2008. The work presented here extends from our last essay, posted four years ago in May, 2013, titled Measuring the Sensori-Motor...

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May 3, 2017 Thinking about a Landscape Approach to Revitalize the American Landscape
William Dunbar, Tokyo

I normally write in The Nature of Cities about biocultural diversity, particularly related to the developing world, but in light of recent events, I would like to ask the reader’s indulgence in my writing about a slightly different topic, and maybe even getting on my soapbox a little. You see, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election in the...

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Mar,2017 What are we trying to accomplish with biophilic cities? What are ambitious goals and targets, and measures of success?
Pippin Anderson,  Cape Town |  Tim Beatley,  Charlottesville |  Lena Chan,  Singapore |  Paul Downton,  Melbourne |  Ian Douglas,  Manchester |  Dusty Gedge,  London |  David Goode,  Bath |  Bram Gunther,  New York |  Chris Ives,  Nottingham |  Tania Katzschner,  Cape Town |  Steve Maslin,  Bristol |  Peter Newman,  Perth |  Phil Roös,  Geelong |  Eric Sanderson,  New York |  Jana Söderlund,  Perth |  Fleur Timmer,  Bristol |  Chantal van Ham,  Brussels |  Mike Wells,  Bath |  Ken Yeang,  Kuala Lumpur | 
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Jan,2017 You say po-TAY-to. What ecologists and landscape architects don’t get about each other, but ought to.
Ana Faggi,  Buenos Aires |  Mark Hostetler,  Gainesville |  Maria E Ignatieva,  Uppsala |  Amy Hahs,  Ballarat, Australia |  Jürgen Breuste,  Salzburg |  Susannah Drake,  New York City |  Marcus Hedblom,  Uppsala |  Andrew Grant,  Bath |  Mike Wells,  Bath |  Steven Handel,  New Brunswick |  Diane Pataki,  Salt Lake City |  Ian MacGregor-Fors,  Xalapa |  Anne Trumble,  Los Angeles |  Christine Thuring,  Sheffield |  Kevin Sloan,  Dallas-Fort Worth |  Gloria Aponte,  Medellín |  Nina-Marie Lister,  Toronto |  Sarah Hinners,  Salt Lake City |  AnaLuisa Artesi,  Buenos Aires |  Jala Makhzoumi,  Beirut |  Jason King,  Seattle |  Yun Hye HWANG,  Singapore |  Danielle Dagenais,  Montreal |  Mary Cadenasso,  Davis |  Veronica Fabio,  Buenos Aires |  Peter Werner,  Darmstadt | 
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Nov,2016 Resilience isn’t only about infrastructure. How can we better support community-based environmental stewardship in readiness, response, and recovery from disturbance?
Weston Brinkley,  Seattle |  Katerina Elias,  São Paulo |  Sumetee Gajjar,  Bangalore |  Jonathan Halfon,  New York City |  Heather McMillen,  Honolulu & New York City |  Luciana Nery,  Rio de Janeiro |  Raul Pacheco-Vega,  Aguascalientes |  Renae Reynolds,  New York City |  Hita Unnikrishnan,  Bangalore |  Paula Villagra,  Valdivia |  Karen Zumach,  Minneapolis | 
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September 12, 2015 Popup Parks Reveal the Nature of Cities
Amy Hahs,  Ballarat, Australia

September 18 is Park[ing] Day, a day when metered car parking spaces are transformed and reclaimed for other purposes. This annual event was first held in the USA in 2005, but has now grown to include Park[ing]...

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COMMUNITITES

May 8, 2017 Tracing Contemporary Landscape Architecture to Sound Ecological Foundations
Steward Pickett,  Poughkeepsie

A review of Toward an Urban Ecology, by Kate Orff. 2016. ISBN978-1-58093-436-7. The Monacelli Press, New York. 272 pages. Buy the book. Kate Orff, one of the leading ecologically-oriented landscape architects working today, and her firm, SCAPE, have put together an engaging and important book. The book describes what it means to pursue urban design, revitalization, and social engagement based on...

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October 23, 2015 Resistance, Education and the Collective Will of the Just City
Jack Travis,  New York City

What has happened is that in the last 20 years, America has changed from a producer to a consumer. And all consumers know that when the producer names the tune, the consumer has got to dance. That’s the way it is. We used to be a producer—very inflexible at that, and now we are consumers and, finding it difficult to...

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June 18, 2014 Driving Social and Ecological Change: My Experiment with Guerilla Gardening
Pippin Anderson,  Cape Town

Spurred on by some students who asked me earlier in the year what sort of personal activism I pursue in relation to my views around the importance of forwarding and preserving functioning urban ecologies, I decided to embark on a bit of guerilla gardening in the form of a seed bombing exercise. In addition to the interest and enthusiasm of...

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