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    Andre Viljoen

    Andre Viljoen is Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton in the UK. With Katrin Bohn he has developed the Continuous Productive Urban Landscape concept and is currently leading an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded international network exploring pathways from practice to policy for productive urban landscapes.

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    4 November 2019

    How to Sell “Nature in Cities” to the Middle Class
    Cha-Ly Koh, Kuala Lumpur

    Cities are not only hosting 68% of the world’s population by 2050, but a growing population of mobile-toting, car driving, and home ownership aspiring middle class. For rising middle class cities such as Jakarta and middle-income trapped citieslike Kuala Lumpur—middle income trapped cities are cities in countries that are unable...

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    31 October 2019

    Why are we doing walking tours in African cities? To help us see and engage with small scale urbanism and urban tinkering.
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town Celestine Collins, Kisumu Julie Goodness, Stockholm Jessica Kavonic, Cape Town Odhiambo Ken K'oyooh, Kisumu Viveca Mellegård, Stockholm Benard Ojwang, Kisumu Aiuba Oliveira, Nacala Semakula Samson, Entebbe Ellika Hermansson Torok, Stockholm Thandeka Tshabalala, Cape Town

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    28 October 2019

    Plastic Bag as Tumbleweed: Poetic Observations of the Everyday Around Us
    Malerie Lovejoy, Oxford

    A review of Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary, by Harryette Mullen. Greywolf Press 2013. Buy the book. For renowned poet and professor, Harryette Mullen, awareness is walking. Inspired by the Japanese syllabic verse form of the tanka, Mullen set out to explore her environment in a series of captured...

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    28 October 2019

    For Urban Sustainability, What Research Do We Need Now?
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    For over 25 years, as an urban ecologist working in academic institutions and collaborating with city planners, developers, and the public, I have seen the sustainability needle move ever so slowly. How can we speed things up? For scientists, if they are going to help make cities more sustainable, what...

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    21 October 2019

    Can Artistic Knowledge Bring Us Closer to Encountering the Co-influence of all Living Organisms?
    Audrey Yeo, Edinburgh

    “the knowing self is partial in all its guises, never finished, and can thus only develop in combination with others.” — Donna Haraway in Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective, p586 I grew up in Singapore. I heard stories from my father about when...

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    16 October 2019

    Co-creating Inclusive Green Cities: European Examples and Global Learning Opportunities
    Katharina Hölscher, Rotterdam Alice Reil, Freiburg

    “Co-creation” has garnered much buzz as a promising enabler of greener and better cities for all. During a hands-on session (“Co-creating inclusive green cities: European examples and global learning opportunities”) at the Nature of Cities Summit in Paris (June 4-7, 2019) with co-creation experts and cities—co-organised by Connecting Nature partners...

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    11 October 2019

    How is the concept of “stewardship” and “care for local environments” expressed around the world?
    Nathalie Blanc, Paris Lindsay Campbell, New York Zorina Colasero, Puerto Princesa City Kirk Deitschman, Waimānalo Johan Enqvist, Cape Town Emilio Fantin, Milan Artur Jerzy Filip, Warsaw Carlo Gomez, Puerto Princesa City Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro Michelle Johnson, New York City Kevin Lunzalu, Nairobi Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Romina Magtanong, Puerto Princesa City Heather McMillen, Honolulu Ranjini Murali, Bangalore Harini Nagendra, Bangalore Ferus Niyomwungeri, Kigali Ragene Palma, Manila Beatriz RuizpalaciosHuda Shaka, Dubai Erika Svendsen, New York Abdallah Tawfic, Cairo Diana Wiesner, Bogota Xin Yu, Shenzhen

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    11 October 2019

    WILD STRAY CARE: Exploring multiple ways people co-exist with urban nature
    Ferne Edwards, Barcelona Amy Hahs, Ballarat Yun Hye HWANG, Singapore

    Human relationships with nature are highly complex and variable. Particularly now when the human connection to nature has been highly disrupted, and the sense of custodianship or stewardship has been displaced. Yet at the same time, there is a growing awareness and movement of the need to reconnect people and...

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    6 October 2019

    How Much Nature in Cities Should Be Set Aside?
    Will Allen, Chapel Hill

    Even in an era of extreme political divisiveness across the globe, clean air, clean water, and land conservation are extremely important goals across the political spectrum. According to recent bi-partisan polling in the US, 84 percent believe we can protect land and water and have a strong economy at the same...

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    1 October 2019

    Can Cities be Greta?
    Peleg Kremer, Princeton Raz Godelnik, Princeton

    On the last week of September millions of people participated in climate strike marches around the world, protesting against global inaction on climate change. Led by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, the youth climate strike movement and other social movements such as the Sunrise Movement in the U.S. and Extinction Rebellion...

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    September, 2019

    30 September 2019

    Towards Innovative Design of Stormwater Management, with Landscape at the Center
    Gloria Aponte, Medellín

    A review of Sustainable Stormwater Management: A Landscape-Driven Approach to Planning and Design, by Thomas W. Liptan with J. David Santen Jr. 2017. ISBN 13:978-1-60469-486-4. Timber Press, Inc. Portland, Oregon. 280 pages. “If we are to create living environments in which human beings can lead happy lives, we must plan cities and...

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    21 September 2019

    China Is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. Will It Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?
    Tatsatom Goncalves, Washington, DC Debbie Weyl, Washington, DC

    China is in the midst of a construction mega-boom. The country has the largest buildings market in the world, making up 20% of all construction investment globally. And it’s only set to grow: China is expected to spend nearly $13 trillion on buildings by 2030. This unprecedented level of construction has tremendous implications—not just for the...

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    16 September 2019

    Smart vs Green: Technology Paradigms Battle it Out for the Future City
    Sarah Hinners, Salt Lake City

     Vision A—The Smart City: The city is an intricate network of digital communications, computations, and connections. Data are being collected everywhere, at all times, and feed into computing systems that work to coordinate functions like power availability and traffic to optimize efficiency in real time. Autonomous vehicles navigate the streets...

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    8 September 2019

    Avoid Pitfalls and Expand the Promise of Urban Wetlands for Biodiversity: A Tale of Three Urban Wetlands
    Timothy Bonebrake, Hong Kong

    Madagascar is well known for its incredible biodiversity; the lemurs, chameleons, and the baobabs are, for good reason, recognized as the environmental rock stars of the island. In July 2019 I landed in the capital of Antananarivo to participate in the 56th meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and...

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    5 September 2019

    Teleportation and the Reinvention of the World’s Cities: A 20-year Retrospective
    Rob McDonald, Washington, DC

    It began, like electricity before it, as a new technology for the rich in lower Manhattan to play with. A daring startup, Helios Travel, began offering teleportation from Greenwich (Connecticut) to Wall Street for the princely sum of $10,000 a pop. Many potential customers couldn’t handle the idea of all...

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    3 September 2019

    One Minute of Dance a Day, at TNOC Summit
    Nadia Vadori-Gauthier, Paris

    One of the One Minute of Dance a Day project. This dance was performed on the Sorbonne campus during the TNOC Summit, outside the main auditorium venue. Beats by 3’z. There are over 700 dances, and you can search them by Paris neighborhood, site type, nature element, and more.

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    August, 2019

    31 August 2019

    The Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
    Didier Babin, Paris Oliver Hillel, Montreal Elisabeth Chouraki, Paris

    The team working for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support project implemented by Expertise France participated to the international summit The Nature of Cities (TNOC) from the 4th to the 7th of June at the University of Paris Sorbonne of which the objective is to mobilize cities, metropolitan areas...

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    30 August 2019

    The spirit of Dada welcomes you to TNOC Summit: What is the nature of the city of our dreams?
    Carmen Bouyer, Paris Lindsay Campbell, New York Marcus Collier, Dublin Katie Coyne, Austin Samarth Das, Mumbai Gillian Dick, Glasgow Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro Jessica Kavonic, Cape Town Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Timon McPhearson, New York Andrew Rudd, New York City Chantal van Ham, Brussels

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    22 August 2019

    From City of Light to Ville Verte: How a Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change Adaptation is Making Paris the World’s Green Innovator
    Adrian Benepe, New York

    On a recent visit to Paris after an absence of more than a dozen years, I was struck by the comprehensive and visionary approach to urban resilience and livability that is transforming Paris into the global leader in innovative urban greening. Since my childhood, I have been entranced by the...

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    12 August 2019

    Oh, For the Love of Bicycles! A Walking Reflection about Moving on Two Wheels through Urban and Rural Areas
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    Walking may be my main form of transportation these days, but I often daydream about wheels…bicycle wheels…and the way they move people through urban and rural spaces. Most of our 14,000-kilometer journey to date is speckled with memories of two-wheeled riders, and my longing to join them in their pedaling...

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