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March 22, 2017 Managing Informal Markets and Limiting Citizen Marginalization
Jennifer Baljko,  Barcelona

Street vendors. Market peddlers. Musicians walking through subway cars. Parking spot guards and car watchers. Van drivers with handmade signs competing for passengers. Hawkers who sell stuff out of the trunks of their cars, out of baby carriages, and from bicycle carts. Hagglers looking to pocket some cash along the road, at a red light, or in busy intersections. Informal...

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March 19, 2017 Shaped by Urban History—Reflections on Bangkok
Richard Friend,  Bangkok

It takes distance to gain a sense of perspective, and so I find myself sitting in a small market town in the north of England looking halfway across the world at my time living in one of the world’s great emerging megacities, Bangkok. From this market town there is a sense of history that goes back over a thousand years,...

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January 24, 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 |  43 Comment(s)
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March 13, 2017 The Devil is in the Details: Wild Design, from an Ecological Point of View
Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

A review of Wild by Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes, by Margie Ruddick. 2016. ISBN: 9781610915991. Island Press, Washington, DC. 264 pages. Buy the book. This book, Wild by Design, is written from the perspective of a landscape architect, Margie Ruddick, who designs cityscapes and individual lots in such a way as to integrate ecology and to reconnect people with...

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March 15, 2017 The Barrancas of Cuernavaca: Rescuing Lost Landscapes Hidden by Garbage
Janice Astbury, London

The first five people we spoke to in the San Anton neighborhood of the Mexican city of Cuernavaca didn’t know the location of the Salto Chico (small waterfall). The neighborhood’s larger waterfall, referred to as the Salto Grande or Salto San Anton, is known as a place to buy ceramic planters originally made from the local clay. A small effort...

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March 12, 2017 Bishkek: Building on Old Bones
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

I have an affection for cities in transition. I like when I visit a city for the first time and get an immediate sense that things are changing, that there is a blurring between what’s old and what’s new. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan was one of those cities. When I first arrived in this Central Asian capital last spring to collect onward...

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March 8, 2017 Exploring the Park Edge from a Worm’s Eye View
Lindsay Campbell, New York City
Novem Auyeung, New York City
Michelle Johnson, New York City
Erika Svendsen, New York City

In the science of natural resource management and planning, we often think about land from a “bird’s-eye” view: parcels on a map that delineate parks, residential properties, and the city streets—for example. Understanding these sites from a “worm’s-eye” view presents a different, more grounded experience of space and place. In particular, boundary lines clearly delineated on parcel maps may become...

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March 5, 2017 Seven Things You Need to Know about Ecocities
Paul Downton, Melbourne

When I see titles like this, I always wince. Half-baked, hastily-gleaned, Internet-trolled info-news parading as something useful; it’s everywhere, and it’s only ever there as time-wasting click-bait. It all lives in the land of hyphenated-nowhere that delivers most of what we now think we know about the world. But I won’t let that stop me. Ecocities are important. Delving into...

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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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Oct,2016 Habitat III is finally a reality. From your perspective, what would be the single most important tangible outcome (not output) of the event—short or long term—and what will it take to achieve this outcome?
Yunus Arikan,  Bonn |  Xuemei Bai,  Canberra |  Genie Birch,  Philadelphia & New York |  Maruxa Cardama,  Brussels |  Bharat Dahiya,  Bangkok |  PK Das,  Mumbai |  David Dodman,  London |  William Dunbar,  Tokyo |  Anjali Mahendra,  Chapel Hill & New Delhi |  Jose Puppim,  Johor Bahru / Cambridge / Rio |  David Satterthwaite,  London |  Huda Shaka,  Dubai |  David Simon,  Gothenburg |  Pengfei XIE,  Beijing |  Lorena Zárate,  Mexico City | 
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Sep,2016 How can we make urban nature and its value more apparent, more “visible” to people?
Simone Borelli,  Rome |  Sarah Charlop-Powers,  New York |  Marcus Collier,  Dublin |  Sven Eberlein,  Oakland |  David Goode,  Bath |  Leen Gorissen,  Antwerp |  Cecilia Herzog,  Rio de Janeiro |  Seth Magle,  Chicago |  Polly Moseley,  Liverpool |  Ragene Palma,  Manila |  Jennifer Sánchez,  San José |  Richard Scott,  Liverpool |  Chantal van Ham,  Brussels |  Gavin Van Horn,  Chicago |  Mark Weckel,  New York |  Mike Wetter,  Portland |  Niki Frantzeskaki,  Rotterdam |  Hastings Chikoko,  Johannesburg | 
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July 18, 2016 The High Line. Foreseen. Unforeseen.
Adrian Benepe,  New York City

A review of The High Line. By James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofido + Renfro. 2015. ISBN: 9780714871004. Phaidon Press. 452 pages. Buy the book. New York City’s High Line Park, once a rusting relic...

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COMMUNITITES

August 26, 2015 Inspiring Urban Youth for a Biodiversity-Friendly Approach to Development
Oliver Hillel,  Montreal
Manuela Gervasi,  Montreal

The challenge of integrated approaches We all know that we are living in a deep crisis regarding the rate of our use of natural resources. We also know that addressing these problems will have inter-related and resonating effects. Such interconnection also has good aspects. Smart catalytic action can produce benefits across many levels—science has explained that butterfly wings can affect planetary weather. We...

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January 31, 2016 The Value of Urban Trails
Tim Beatley,  Charlottesville

Mindy Fulllilove, Columbia University psychiatrist and author, likens pedestrian pathways and urban trails to arteries in the circulatory system of a city: essential conditions for creating a healthy city. There is much to be said for neighborhoods that are physically connected, and where it is possible to move across a city easily (and joyfully). A coherent sense of one’s entire...

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AWARENESS

March 29, 2016 Small Rain Gardens for Stormwater and Biodiversity in the City: Learning from Traditional Ways
Keitaro Ito,  Fukutsu City

“For whom do all the flowers blossom in the spring?” —A phrase of Zen word in springtime These days, especially in summertime, we have heavy rain in Japan. Stormwater usually goes into concrete drains and flows into rivers. Most of the land in urban areas in our country is covered with asphalt or concrete, and the water flows into rivers...

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