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  • Evan Fraser

    Evan Fraser

    Evan started thinking about agriculture and food systems while spending summers working on his grandfather’s fruit farm in Niagara. There, he watched his stock-broker grandmother support the family farm while their neighbours were going bankrupt. Unsurprisingly, he decided it was easier to write and talk about farming than actually try to make a living on it, so passed on inheriting the farm, opting instead for grad school. He did degrees in forestry, anthropology, and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. After graduating, he worked in a policy institute with the Hon. Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, and began his academic career in 2003 in the UK, where he worked on farming and climate change at the University of Leeds. He is the author of approximately 80 scientific papers or book chapters on these topics, writes regularly for the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, CNN, Foreign Affairs, the Walrus, and the Ottawa Citizen. He has written three popular non-fiction books about food and food security including Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations that was shortlisted for the James Beard Food Literature Award in 2010. His web video series on “feeding nine billion,” which has been watched over 200,000 times, and his self published graphic novel #foodcrisis, are used in classrooms around the world. Currently, he is a professor of Geography at the University of Guelph, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security. He is also is an associate of the Guelph Food Institute, a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geography Society, and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s college of new scholars. Evan regularly works with the food industry and in the past 2 years has provided advice for senior executives at Maple Leaf Food, Loblaw, George Weston Ltd. and BASF Canada.

    October, 2017

    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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    16 October 2017

    Rewriting the Book on Urban Transportation Design
    David Bragdon, New York

    A review of Global Street Design Guide. From the Global Designing Cities Initiative. ISBN: 9781610917018. Island Press. 442 pages. Buy the book. Streets are often the biggest share of publicly-owned land in a city. All too often, they’re conceived and managed only as thoroughfares for motor vehicles. A whole set of standards has...

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    15 October 2017

    What Can We Learn from Past Successes? Thirty Years of Urban Ecology Action in London
    David Goode, Bath

    Looking back over 50 years working as an ecologist some things stand out as real success stories. Camley Street Natural Park in London is one of these. On the day that I started work as Senior Ecologist at the Greater London Council (GLC) in 1982 I learnt that the Council...

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    11 October 2017

    Artists in Conversation with Air in Cities
    Carmen Bouyer, New York Tim Collins, Glasgow Karahan Kadrman, Istanbul Maggie Lin, Hong Kong Patrick M. Lydon, San Jose & Osaka Jennifer Monson, Urbana Fanny Retsek, San Jose Julia Stern, Paris Cecilia Vicuña, Santiago & New York

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    11 October 2017

    The Human Disconnect in Trash Management
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    We walk through Mashhad, Iran, and start giggling like children. “Look how clean everything is! There are trash bins, and parks with good exercise equipment, and wide sidewalks you can actually walk on without being sideswiped by motos, rickshaws, bicycles and cows! Oh, how nice… they painted the park benches!...

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    8 October 2017

    Making the Invisible Visible: Mapping Civic Environmental Stewardship
    Laura Landau, New York Lindsay Campbell, New York City Erika Svendsen, New York City

    Worldwide, cities are grappling with aging infrastructure, shifting populations, and changing weather patterns, necessitating the use and expansion of green space in equitable and creative ways. Many are embracing a transition from the sanitary city—comprised of siloed functions and grey infrastructure—to the sustainable city—comprised of regenerative and distributed systems that...

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    4 October 2017

    To Create a Movement to Repair & Unify our Fragmented & Disfunctional Urban Landscapes
    PK Das, Mumbai

    Broken and disparate urban landscapes are common experience. The multitude of issues and concerns that are causing such conditions are not new; neither are responses of those who are committed to ideas of sustainability. Yet, discussions of the causes and responses have to be repeated many times over, in order...

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    2 October 2017

    The Power of N
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town

    A review of Vitamin N, by Richard Louv. 2016. ISBN:1616205784. Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill. 304 pages. Buy the book. Combating nature-deficit disorder—the new self-help fad, or something really useful? When I stumbled on Richard Louv’s book Vitamin N (2016 Algoquin Books) my initial reaction was one of shock. Have we really...

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    1 October 2017

    Metropolis under Emergency: A Board Game to Plan Resilient Cities while Considering Place Attachment
    Paula Villagra, Valdivia

    To plan resilient cities is a complex task. It involves making decisions that involve the built, social, economic, and environmental development of a territory, including unexpected changes, such as those caused by extreme natural events. The effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and fires, among other disturbances, need to be...

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    September, 2017

    27 September 2017

    Lessons Learned: What Does it Take to Create a More Natural Stormwater Pond?
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville

    This is a tale of an experience I had in Alachua County, Florida. The challenge? How can we encourage the construction of more natural stormwater ponds, which offer more wildlife habitat and more efficient ways to remove pollutants? We have all seen conventional stormwater ponds—deeply dug ponds, with mowed turfgrass...

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    24 September 2017

    Restoring Indigenous Trees for Scaling Up City Resilience: The Role of African Millennials
    Aliyu Barau, Kano

    Most of the narratives on the crises of development are woven around rapid population growth in developing countries. Yes. The number of world citizens is over seven billion. The challenges that this number raises far exceeds national and intergovernmental agencies’ abilities to address them. Rapid urbanization is but one of...

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    20 September 2017

    Singing in the Noise
    Luis Sandoval, San José, Costa Rica

    Urbanization not only changes the landscape structure due to land cover change, fragmentation of natural habitats, and creation of artificial habitats, it also changes the physical patterns of the environment: temperature, wind currents, rain patterns, light levels, or noise levels. For example, urbanization increases average temperature by between 3°C and...

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    18 September 2017

    Ecosystems for everyone: Who should have access to the myriad benefits of ecosystem services and urban nature? Everyone. Does everyone? No. How will we achieve this moral imperative?
    Isabelle Michele Sophie Anguelovski, Barcelona Georgina Avlonitis, Cape Town Julie Bargmann, Charlottesville Nathalie Blanc, Paris PK Das, Mumbai Marthe Derkzen, Amsterdam Maggie Scott Greenfield, New York Fadi Hamdan, Beirut Nadja Kabisch, Berlin Jim Labbe, Portland Francois Mancebo, Paris Harini Nagendra, Bangalore Flaminia Paddeu, Paris Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie Andrew Rudd, New York City Suraya Scheba, Cape Town Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Rio de Janeiro Hita Unnikrishnan, Bangalore Diana Wiesner, Bogota Pengfei XIE, Beijing

     

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    18 September 2017

    New York’s Central Park as Muse, as Imagination, as Home
    Mary Mattingly, New York City

    A review of: Painting Central Park, by Roger Pasquier. 2015. ISBN: 0-86565-314-3. Vendome Press, New York. 197 pages. Buy the Book. For the past two years, I’ve invited people to pick free food on Swale, an edible public park built on a barge in New York City. Creating something unexpected is a...

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    17 September 2017

    Where Can I Dream? Eight Stories of Life in Bogotá
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota

    (Una versión en español, aqui.) In pondering the question: “Who should have access to the countless benefits and services that urban ecosystems provide?” We have put together a collection of eight first-person accounts that portray city dwellers’ dreams. This series of Sketches of life explores both individual and collective human...

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    13 September 2017

    Thinking About the Concept of “Cultural Nature” while Walking the Gardens of Méréville
    Louise Lezy-Bruno, Paris

    The first time I visited the Méréville Estate and its Anglo-Chinese garden, created south of Paris at the end of the 18th century, I was struck by the interlinking of nature and culture in this amazing place. This National Heritage Site is the work of the Marquis de Laborde, who...

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    10 September 2017

    The Sustainability Challenge of Feeding Cities
    Graciela Arosemena, Panama City

    The food system is not as evident as other aspects of urban development. However, it involves many aspects of cities, such as mobility and transportation, commerce, land use, waste management, and, of course, food security. The food system refers to processes that begin with agricultural production and continues with the...

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    6 September 2017

    Ecologies of Elsewhere: Giving Urban Weeds a “Third Glance”
    Daniel Phillips, Bangalore

    Volunteers. Exotics. Aliens. Weeds. Whatever happens to be your preferred nomenclature when describing the existence and behavior of spontaneous vegetation, it’s clear that many biases abound. We pluck, poison and mulch our landscapes to keep these decidedly untidy forces at bay. Yet have we also effectively mulched our mindsets?  Have we...

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    4 September 2017

    Urban Farming for Everyone / La Agricultura Urbana para Todos
    Francois Mancebo, Paris

    A review of: Agricultura Urbana – Espacios de Cultivo para una Ciudad Sostenibles / Urban Agriculture – Spaces of Cultivation for a Sustainable City by Graciela Arosemena. 2012. 128 pages.  ISBN: 9788425224232.  Buy the book. Urbanization has gone hand-in-hand with agriculture from the beginning. Even in medieval times, when walls and defensive structures left...

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