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  • David Maddox

    David Maddox

    Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Nature of Cities David Maddox is committed to the health of the urban ecosystem—urban resilience, the application of ecosystem services for human welfare and livelihoods, and the effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation of these issues. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the Maryland State government, the City of New York, in non-profits, and as a consultant. As Founder and Editor of TheNatureOfCities.com, his current work is in the development and dissemination of useful knowledge for design and management of social-ecological systems in urban landscapes. He holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with a statistics minor, from Cornell University. David is an award-winning playwright, musician, and composer. He lives in New York City.

    December 28, 2016

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2016
    David Maddox, New York City

    Today’s post celebrates highlights from TNOC writing in 2016. These contributions, originating around the world, were widely read, offer novel points of view, are somehow disruptive in a useful way, or combine these characteristics. Certainly, all 550+ TNOC essays and roundtables are...

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    October 16, 2016

    It Takes a Village to Green an Alley
    Philip Silva, New York
    David Maddox, New York City

    Story Notes: More and more cities throughout the world are turning to parks, gardens, green roofs, and other kinds of “green infrastructure” to soak up storm water and simultaneously create vibrant new patches of open space for their citizens. In this...

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    September 11, 2016

    How Did Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon River Restoration Get Its Start? TNOC Podcast Episode 10
    Philip Silva, New York
    David Maddox, New York City

    Story Notes: A casual chat on a bus nearly thirty years ago led to the improbable removal of a major elevated highway and the restoration of a beloved river in the old city center of Seoul in South Korea. Dr....

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    August 10, 2016

    Some Birds Love Cities—Can Cities Love them Back? TNOC Podcast Episode 9
    Philip Silva, New York
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story Notes:  House sparrows, rock pigeons, and red-tailed hawks are three bird species that have successfully—and very visibly—adapted to life in cities. Yet as the number and the size of cities across the globe continues to grow,...

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    June 22, 2016

    What Should We Make of Jane Jacobs’ Critique of Parks in The Death and Life of Great American Cities?—TNOC Podcast Episode 8
    Philip Silva, New York
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story Notes: Andy Hernandez walked into Washington Square Park on a sunny afternoon in 1981 with a cameraman, a boom box, and a mandate to make a music video for a medley of new songs by Kid Creole...

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    May 28, 2016

    Common threads: connections among the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Elinor Ostrom, and their relevance to urban socio-ecology
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Johan Enqvist, Stockholm
    Sheila Foster, New York City
    Lisa Gansky, San Francisco
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Michelle Johnson, New York City
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca
    David Maddox, New York City
    Michael Mehaffy, Portland
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Raul Pacheco-Vega, Aguascalientes
    Mary Rowe, New York City
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal
    Anne Trumble, Los Angeles
    Arjen Wals, Wageningen
    Abigail York, Tempe

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    May 12, 2016

    Look Who’s Coming to Dinner…Bacteria that Eat the Gowanus Sludge—TNOC Podcast Episode 7
    Philip Silva, New York
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story notes: The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is well known throughout New York City as a nearly two-mile-long trench filled with sewage and chemicals left behind by years of neglectful pollution. Though the canal is slated for a...

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    May 1, 2016

    Environmental Education and Advancing Urbanization
    David Maddox, New York City
    Harini Nagendra, Bangalore
    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm
    Alex Russ, Ithaca

    Cities—their design and how we live in them—will be key in our struggle for sustainability and, indeed, our future. As cities grow, as they are newly created, and as more and more people choose or require them as places to...

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    April 30, 2016

    Visions of resilience: Eighteen artists say or show something in response to the word “resilience”
    Juan Carlos Arroyo, Bogotá
    David Brooks, New York City
    Katrine Claassens, Cape Town
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Ganzeer, Los Angeles
    Lloyd Godman, Melbourne
    Fran Ilich, New York City
    Frida Larios, Antiguo Cuzcatlán, Copán, and Washington
    Todd Lester, Säo Paulo
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Mary Mattingly, New York City
    David Maddox, New York City
    E. J. McAdams, New York City
    Mary Miss, New York City
    Edna Peres, Johannesburg
    Caroline Robinson, Auckland
    Finzi Saidi, Pretoria
    Keijiro Suzuki, Yamaguchi & Nagoya

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    April 18, 2016

    Justice and Geometry in the Form of Linear Parks
    David Maddox, New York City

    Here at The Nature of Cities, we write a great deal about the benefits of “green” cities, widely construed. In particular, we write that green infrastructure and biodiversity in cities have broad benefits for people, nature, and, indeed, for the...

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    March 23, 2016

    Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities?
    Pauline Bullen, Harare
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Ganzeer, Los Angeles
    Germán Gomez, Bogotá
    Sidd Joag, New York City
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    David Maddox, New York City
    Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal

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    February 29, 2016

    The Flint Water Crisis Illuminated by Citizen Science—TNOC Podcast Episode 6
    Philip Silva, New York
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Federal regulations make clean drinking something close to a guaranteed right for residents of cities in the United States, but not all urban water systems are created equal. Last year, independent scientists and grassroots activists discovered...

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    January 20, 2016

    Creative Place-Making—This is The Nature of Graffiti
    David Maddox, New York City
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Germán Gomez, Bogotá
    Julie Goodness, Stockholm
    Mike Houck, Portland
    Todd Lester, Säo Paulo
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    Patrice Milillo, Los Angeles
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal

    Nature is all around us. Plants, animals, soil, air and water inhabit and animate our daily lives, whether you live in the country or in the city. We are invigorated by nature. We are inspired by its creatures, their beauty,...

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    December 29, 2015

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2015
    David Maddox, New York City

    Today’s post is offered as a celebration of some of the content from 2015—a taste…a combination of TNOC writing from around the world that is a combination of diverse, widely read, a novel point of view, or somehow disruptive in an...

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    October 21, 2015

    Cities in Imagination
    David Maddox, New York City

    Resilience is the word of the decade, as sustainability was in previous decades. No doubt, our view of the kind and quality of cities we as societies want to build will continue to evolve and inspire new descriptive goals. Surely...

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    May 13, 2015

    The City Bee. TNOC Podcast Episode 005
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story notes: (See the companion essay here.) Bees have always been a part of the city landscape. But something is happening in the world today that’s making their presence more noticeable. Whether it’s because people love honey or...

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    April 21, 2015

    Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists show and talk about their work
    Joshua Burch, London
    Emilio Fantin, Milan
    Mike Feller, New York City
    Andrés Flajszer, Barcelona
    Mike Houck, Portland
    Chris Jordan, Seattle
    Robin Lasser, Oakland
    Monika Lawrence, Bemidji
    Patrick Lydon, San Jose & Seoul
    David Maddox, New York City
    Chris Payne, New York City
    Eric Sanderson, New York
    Jonathan Stenvall, Stockholm
    Benjamin Swett, New York City

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    April 15, 2015

    What Is Civic Ecology? 25 Definitions. TNOC Podcast Episode 004
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story notes: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball of Cornell’s Civic Ecology Lab convened a workshop in Annapolis Maryland, at the offices of The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, or SESYNC. (I [David Maddox] facilitated.) The workshop was a gathering...

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    March 30, 2015

    Where Can Civic Ecology Lead? TNOC Podcast Episode 003
    David Maddox, New York City

    Also available at iTunes. Story notes: A conversation about civic ecology between Lance Gunderson, a landscape ecologist from Emory University in Atlanta; Caroline Lewis, of Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities, or CLEO, in Miami; and Arjen Wals, a professor of social learning and sustainable...

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