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December, 2017

9 December 2017

Urban Connectivity is a Catalyst for Leaving No One Behind
Buyana Kareem, Kampala

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030), which is comprised of a global commitment to “leave no one behind” and “endeavor to reach those furthest behind first”, explicitly details neither the pledge to leave no one behind (LNOB) nor establishs a shared understanding of what LNOB means in a...

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6 December 2017

Transforming Great Lakes Pollution Hot Spots into Gathering Places for People and Wildlife
John Hartig, Detroit

Cleanup of Great Lakes pollution hot spots has not been easy, and required networks focused on gathering stakeholders, coordinating efforts, and ensuring that the results promote the public interest. Even with the compelling case of the Great Lakes being a continentally- and globally-significant natural resource, it has proven incredibly challenging....

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3 December 2017

Inhabiting a Post-Urban Twenty-First Century
Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

I am spending this Fall in Kyoto Japan, traveling a bit in the country. The Institute for Humanity and Nature is my sponsor for the stay and this blog is inspired by Japan’s complexity. The nation is the home of the first, and still largest, mega-city in the world, Tokyo,...

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November, 2017

30 November 2017

Biodiversity vs. Livability: What to do on the Victorian Western Volcanic Plain?
Meredith Dobbie, Victoria

What to do when biodiversity ideals conflict with livability imperatives for a city? A fascinating example of this tension is the western suburbs of Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, Australia. The greater metropolitan area of Melbourne lies on several bioregions. Most of the northern, southern, and eastern suburbs lie on...

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27 November 2017

Thinking Like a Lake in Mexico City
Janice Astbury, Manchester

A satirical video circulated this past summer announcing Mexico City as the country’s newest and most exciting water park, featuring waterfalls in the metro and an airport runway turned waterway.[1]  I thought they might have included the geyser spouting out of a drain that I saw next to the sign...

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24 November 2017

What the Zika Epidemic Means for Gender and Urban Adaptation Planning in Brazil
Katerina Elias, São Paulo

Almost exactly two years ago, South America was swept up in a public health crisis that affected hundreds of thousands of women across the continent. In Brazil, more than 2,600 children were born with the microcephaly and other health complications resulting from the viral infection Zika. Brazilians quickly became accustomed...

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21 November 2017

Of Flash Floods and a Lost Indian Waterscape
Hita Unnikrishnan, Bangalore Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

In the weeks prior to the writing of this article, the city of Bengaluru was reeling under the onslaught of torrential rainfall, the likes of which it had not witnessed in decades. Effects of this downpour were felt in many ways—flash floods in several parts of the city, trees uprooted,...

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18 November 2017

Walking on Rivers — Dry Riverbeds as Public Parks?
Sareh Moosavi, Melbourne

In most arid regions of the world cities are growing and rivers are running dry. While rapid urbanisation has left little room for creating new public open spaces, could urban riverbeds that remain dry for an extended period of time provide potentials for new types of public parks? Dryland settlements...

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15 November 2017

Some Kind of Nature… But What Will We End Up With?
Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin

Whenever I listen to the song Some Kind of Nature by the Gorillaz & Lou Reed, it makes me think about what kind of nature we are going to end up with in our cities, even though the song isn’t actually about urban nature at all. From my perspective here...

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13 November 2017

Let go of some urban domestication: How would you convince the mayor to re-wild the city?
Juan Azcarate, Bogota Keith Bowers, Charleston Katrine Claassens, Montreal Don Dearborn, Lewiston Ian Douglas, Manchester Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires Lincoln Garland, Bath Amy Hahs, Ballarat, Australia Mark Hostetler, Gainesville Keitaro Ito, Fukutsu City Louise Lezy-Bruno, Paris Jala Makhzoumi, Beirut Juliana Montoya, Bogota Daniel Phillips, Bangalore Mohan Rao, Bangalore Kevin Sloan, Dallas-Fort Worth Kati Vierikko, Helsinki

Juliana Montoya and Juan Azcárate, Bogotá (To read this post in English, see here.) Asilvestrando ciudades: Una perspectiva desde la biodiversidad latinoamericana Analizando la idea de asilvestramiento de las ciudades (re-wilding cities) como espacios que permiten la vida de especies de forma natural y espontánea en lugares diferentes a su...

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12 November 2017

Biophilic Benefits or Bio-baloney? (Probably) the Former
Lincoln Garland, Bath

Regular readers of TNOC will be familiar with the biophilia hypothesis, which supposes an innate emotional link between humans and the natural world that positively impacts our psychological wellbeing. In other words, we feel most at home in naturalistic surroundings, as this is where we evolved and have spent the...

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9 November 2017

The New Urban Agenda: Is the Compact City Ecologically More Favorable than Dispersed Forms?
Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

Some weeks ago I took part in a seminar in Recife, Brazil, where colleagues of Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico met. The main queries to be answered were: How each professional from their individual specialities could collaborate to address the New Urban Agenda established by the Habitat III Conference, held...

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6 November 2017

Re-naturing Cities: Theories, Strategies and Methodologies
Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira, Portsmouth Heather Rumble, Portsmouth Mark Goddard, Newcastle Fabio Angeoletto, Rondonópolis Pedro Britto, Goiânia Silvio Caputo, Portsmouth Stuart Connop, London Karla Emmanuela Ribeiro Hora, Goiânia Caroline Nash, London Braulio Romeiro, Goiânia

There is strong interest in the theme of re-naturing cities, since “naturalizing” cities can help address multiple global societal challenges and generate benefits, such as the enhancement of health and well-being, sustainable urbanisation, the provision of ecosystems and their services, and resilience to climate change. But, what are the theories,...

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3 November 2017

Getting Humans to Learn to Live in Harmony with Wildlife
Lena Chan, Singapore

Humans have been living with wildlife since time immemorial. But with the growth of cities, people have become so distant from nature and wildlife that many think there is no native flora and fauna left in urban jungles. This alienation raised such concern in the global community that the United...

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October, 2017

31 October 2017

A Hymn to Nature in My City
Paula Vandergert, London

Warning: What follows is entirely personal and non-scientific. This is a good thing. I live and work in a global city. Here’s my justification for being here. I work on scaling up greening in cities across Europe. My global city—London—has been a leader in urban greening initiatives for many years....

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30 October 2017

Where Did the Rivers Go? The Hidden Waterways beneath London
David Goode, Bath

A review of The Lost Rivers of London, by Nicholas Barton and Stephen Myers, 2016.  ISBN:1905286511. Historical Publications Ltd . 224 pages. Buy The Lost Rivers of London. …and London’s Lost Rivers, by Paul Talling. ISBN: 184794597X. Random House UK. 192 pages. Buy London’s Lost Rivers. The Lost Rivers of London by Nicholas Barton...

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28 October 2017

Past and Future? Living and Growing Food Underground
Francois Mancebo, Paris

In previous TNOC posts I wrote about two apparently different topics: urban agriculture and living underground. Let’s combine them now into a new urban object: Farming underground. You may very well think that I am playing smart-aleck here, and that this paper is just a piece of bravura, since farming...

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25 October 2017

World Enough: Tales from the Bottom of the Garden
Katrine Claassens, Montreal

If you took the city of Tokyo and turned it upside down and shook it you would be amazed at the animals that fall out: badgers, wolves, boa constrictors, crocodiles, ostriches, baboons, capybaras, wild boars, leopards, manatees, ruminants, in untold numbers. There is no doubt in my mind that that...

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22 October 2017

How Can Religion Help in the Pursuit of Urban Sustainability?
Chris Ives, Nottingham

Increasingly, urban nature is viewed not only as a scientific, technological or design issue, but a moral one. The recent TNOC roundtable “Ecosystems for everyone” rested on the assumption that provision of and access to ecosystem services and urban nature is a “moral imperative”. Indeed, Steward Pickett began his contribution...

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18 October 2017

The Untamed City and its Indivisible Connection with Nature
Shuaib Lwasa, Kampala

The impacts associated with city functions, economic, environmental, mobility, extend well beyond their administrative boundaries. But the contemporary and dominant frameworks and systems for managing cities have always determined what activity is allowable, where, and how the infrastructure and any developments pertaining to the function would be developed. Thus, functionality of...

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