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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 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 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 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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April 30, 2017 Re-Wilding: Cities by Nature
Kevin Sloan, Dallas-Fort Worth

The historic gardens of Western civilization typically include segments that were municipal areas, hunting grounds, or, on occasion, fragments of the region’s original forest. Many of the Italian, French, and English gardens that establish the history of landscape gardening were interventions added within or onto lands that, originally, were uncultivated royal reserves. While the architectural garden is typically what history...

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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, 2016 Talking the Walk—Narrating and Navigating the Life of the Los Angeles River
Anne Trumble,  Los Angeles

A review of Rosten Woo’s “Bowtie Nature Walk,” available at the Bowtie Parcel on the east side of the Los Angeles River’s Glendale Narrows. A map and tour audio files are available here. A “nature walk”...

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February 4, 2016 A River Cresting in New Orleans: A Complex Choreography of Water, Technology and Bureaucracy that Only Sometimes Serves People and Nature
Josh Lewis,  New Orleans

The sustainability and, indeed, future existence of New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta depends upon a complex choreography of water, bureaucracy and infrastructure. The quandary for New Orleans can be summed up like this: how can we manage North America’s largest river in a way that mitigates seasonal flooding, while simultaneously making use of the river’s fresh water and sediments...

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October 4, 2015 Why We Need Design Guidelines for Urban Non-Humans
Paul Downton,  Melbourne

Earlier this year I had the good fortune to be invited to speak at a remarkable ‘Global Conference’ in Chantilly, France. The title of the session I was to contribute to was translated into English as ‘An urbanism built on a priority for fauna and flora’. This, it seems, was a slight mistranslation of ‘Un urbanisme construit sur une préséance...

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ART &
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April 12, 2016 Capturing Stewardship Stories: The Unlikely Tale of a Massive Open Online Course
Kimberly Snyder,  Ithaca
Marianne Krasny,  Ithaca

From a centuries-old pear tree marking the remnants of a castle in the Czech Republic, to an urban perimeter of abandoned ammunitions dumps in Spain, to a tiny balcony in cramped New Delhi—places that people care about dot the globe. Stewards, often driven by place attachments, meanings, and memories, defy the forces quietly erasing these places—time, indifference, conflict, population growth....

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