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September, 2018

15 September 2018

Connect Urban Planners and Urban Ecologists to Create Sustainable Canadian Cities
Carly Ziter, Montreal Matthew Mitchell, Vancouver Adrina Bardekjian, Montreal Tenley Conway, Toronto Angela Danyluk, Vancouver Michelle Molnar, Toronto Marcin Pachcinski, Vancouver Justin Podur, York Valentin Schaefer, Victoria Josephine Clark, Vancouver Sinead Murphy, Vancouver

The Challenge of Managing Urban Ecosystems Cities are increasingly understood as mosaics of grey, green, and blue infrastructure that interact in complex ways to affect the wellbeing of urban residents (Ahern 2007, Svendsen and Northridge 2012). In particular, green and blue infrastructure provides important benefits to urban residents (Lovell and...

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12 September 2018

A City Designed by Trees
Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka

Awake a few hours earlier than necessary, we are on bicycles heading through urban infill, in a part of town that used to be Osaka Bay. Moving inland, we pass through a few old shopping arcades, and several dozen close-knit neighborhood blocks where century-old homes with wood frames and soil...

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9 September 2018

Tales from the London 2018 Heatwave. But Are We Listening?
Paula Vandergert, London

The 2018 London heatwave lasted weeks! I know we Brits like to talk about the weather—but honestly, it has been really hot—and it’s unheard of to be able to go for weeks without worrying about bringing a cardigan, umbrella, or raincoat when you step outside your door. The parks have...

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5 September 2018

Taking the Long View: Looking at Landscape Restoration Through Varied Lenses
Bruce Roll, Portland

Each morning on my way to work, just west of Portland, Oregon, I pass a thriving new development with hundreds of brand new houses, a beautiful new school, bustling stores and new parks. These new assets, which serve humans so well, have largely replaced the green expanse that characterized this...

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1 September 2018

Hearing from the Future of Cities
Diana Wiesner, Bogota

“What I like about this landscape is that it’s not painted….I can move around into it and feel it. I think about all the things I can find there. But, after I leave this picture, something always changes, and I do too.” —Gabriela Villate, 7 years old. People see a...

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August, 2018

28 August 2018

The Relation Between Cities and Nature: Searching for More Sensitive Laws
Paula Villagra, Valdivia Carolina Rojas, Concepción

Today, people tend to prefer to live in the same places where the hotspots of biodiversity are located. Many of these hotspots are found in places with a Mediterranean climate, which provide fertile soils for food production and water. As a result, cities are sprawling in areas of high ecological...

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24 August 2018

Cues to Care: Are City Landowners Willing to Make Eco-friendly Landscapes?
Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

As an urban ecologist interested in biodiversity conservation, I often work with homeowners, developers, landscape architects, planners and other design professionals. With goal of improving urban biodiversity, I attempt to bring more vegetative complexity and native plants into urban landscapes. I will not outline it here, but it is important...

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20 August 2018

Greening the Blues: Nature and Depression
Yvonne Lynch, Melbourne

 The benefits of nature for general health are well established. Indeed, we intuitively know that green is good for our mental health, but just how good is it? The stress reduction/ supportive design theory posits that viewing or experiencing nature activates our parasympathetic nervous system to reduce stress levels (Ulrich...

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13 August 2018

Nature after Nature and the Animal Internet
Rob Pirani, New York

A review of the book Animal Internet: Nature and the Digital Revolution by Alexander Pschera (English translation from German by Elisabeth Lauffer). 2016. 209 pages.ISBN: 9781939931351. New Vessel Press. Buy the book. Apply the sunscreen, fill the water bottle, and put the damn phone at the bottom of the pack. My (precious)...

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12 August 2018

Urban Habitat Management that Could Attract Species that Otherwise Avoid Cities
Luis Sandoval, San José

In 2010, humanity reaches a historical milestone, because the majority of humans started to live in the urban areas for the first time. This milestone produces big pressure on remaining natural habitats inside urban areas, because those areas are the places that can be used to build more housing for...

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7 August 2018

Farmers From the City
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

It’s a hot June day in rural Greece. We stop in a run-down gas station on a small secondary road cutting through wheat fields on both sides. We wipe the sweat from our brows. The gas station attendant opens the refrigerator and pulls out a crate of cherries.  “Take what...

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2 August 2018

Ramsar COP 13: What can Artists Contribute to Urban Wetland Restoration?
Chris Fremantle, Ayrshire, Scotland

The Ramsar Convention (also known as Convention on Wetlands) is the first of the major intergovernmental convention on biodiversity conservation and wise use. It was signed in 1971, in the City of Ramsar in Iran. This October, the 13th Ramsar Conference of the Parties (COP 13) will take place in...

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July, 2018

24 July 2018

Urban Metabolism: A Real World Model for Visualizing and Co-Creating Healthy Cities
Sven Eberlein, Oakland

Like the human body, cities are living, ever-evolving organisms. Just as diet, exercise, sleep, or laughter can be seen as indicators of our personal physical and emotional well being, the ways in which goods, water, commuters, or food move through the urban ecosystem determines a city’s health and sustainability within...

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20 July 2018

Bangalore Pile Study: Curiosity and Intervention in the Margins of a Megacity
Daniel Phillips, Detroit

To begin to grasp Bangalore’s frenetic patterns of urbanization, Google Earth offers an interesting place to start. Yet despite its much lauded reputation as India’s “Silicon Valley”, the “street view” function is still unavailable here. It appears to be the case that in a city which boasts among the worst...

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17 July 2018

When a Korean Hillside Town Disappears, Who will Notice?
Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka

A review of “A Local Neighborhood Traveler,” an exhibition of painting and drawing by Korean artist Se Hee Kim at the Boroomsan Museum of Art in Gimpo, South Korea. On the outskirts of Seoul, tucked away into a traditional hillside garden is the Boroomsan Museum of Art. The museum sits...

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17 July 2018

SALT: Restoration + Recreation = Water in California
Robin Lasser, Oakland Marguerite Perret, Topeka

It is late June and we are up to our knees floating a small tent sculpture in a containment pond filled with a thick green milkshake-like goo. A combination of duck week and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), this overgrowth or bloom is probably caused by fertilizer run-off from the surrounding cemetery...

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14 July 2018

2046, year of our lady The Fog
Claudia Luna Fuentes, Saltillo

This is part of the TNOC poetry series “The City We’re In”. Lea el poema en español, su idioma original. Lisez le poème en français. 2046, year of our lady The Fog Poems by Claudia Luna Fuentes Translation from Spanish by Gerardo Mendoza Garza _____________________________________________   2046, año de Nuestra...

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14 July 2018

Artists in Conversation with Water in Cities
Carmen Bouyer, Paris Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Antonio José García Cano, Murcia Katrine Claassens, Montreal Claudia Luna Fuentes, Saltillo Nazlı Gürlek, Istanbul & Palo Alto Basia Irland, Albuquerque Robin Lasser, Oakland Mary Mattingly, Brooklyn Marguerite Perret, Topeka Bonnie Sherk, San Francisco Nadia Vadori-Gauthier Vadori-Gauthier, Paris Aloïs Yang, Prague

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12 July 2018

Changing Green Cities from Myth to Reality
Sumetee Gajjar, Bangalore

New town development or new cities, being rapidly built across much of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, may be founded on the principles of green cities and are yet found lacking in their attention to the environment. Numerous articles on the smart cities mission in India also note the...

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9 July 2018

Civic Coproduction = Counterinstitutions + People: Make Participation Work by Focusing on the Possible
Nik Luka, Montreal and Uppsala

There is a common refrain in liberal democracies: local government is where participatory action is most likely to happen. Indeed, we often presume that neighbourhoods and towns and cities are privileged—perhaps even natural—spaces for the deliberative coproduction of plans, policies, strategies, and projects for sustainability and the common good. By...

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