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    Fleur Timmer

    I am a trained and a practicing landscape architect and urban designer with vast experience in functional ecological design from small settlements to city and regional scale master planning. Through both academic and practical experience, I have chosen to champion eco-urbanism principles by having a well-informed understanding of a range of disciplines, with interdisciplinary coordination and ecology as the key focus. My work ensures that each project is ecologically-lead throughout the entire process, focusing on strategic planning, interdisciplinary coordination, and long-term governance. I have extensive experience integrating built form into the surrounding ecological network, with many built projects that are both large scale and building specific, as I understand that multiple ecosystem services are provided by this approach, including biophilic, health, and the well-being benefits thereof.

    March, 2019

    17 March 2019

    From Biocultural Diversity to a Nature-Culture Alliance
    William Dunbar, Tokyo

    Since I was invited to start writing about biocultural diversity for The Nature of Cities in 2015, there have been a number of developments in both policymaking processes related to biocultural diversity and, recently, to the concept itself. Some of these developments have happened around the Fourteenth Meeting of the...

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    10 March 2019

    Mr. Rogers, Tikkun Olam, and Thinking Like a Mountain
    Keith Tidball, Ithaca

    I recently watched the much acclaimed two-hour documentary on the life and accomplishments of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”. The film reflected on Rogers’ legacy of kindness and the profound and lasting effect his innovative approach to television had on millions...

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    6 March 2019

    Whose Park? The Forty-Year Fight for Justice in ‘The People’s Park’ under Copenhagen’s Evolving Urban Managerialism
    Rebecca Rutt, Copenhagen Stephanie Loveless, Barcelona

    In the last three decades, Copenhagen has shifted from an obscure Nordic capital to a leading global city. It is known for progressive environmental policies, an enviable public transportation and cycling network, and numerous public green spaces, earning it the European Green Capital Award in 2014. Moreover, Denmark is repeatedly...

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    February, 2019

    28 February 2019

    What I mean when I talk about collaboration. What is a specific experience collaborating on a project with someone from a different discipline or “way of knowing”?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town Carmen Bouyer, Paris Lindsay Campbell, New York City Gillian Dick, Glasgow Lonny Grafman, Arcata Eduardo Guerrero, Bogotá Britt Gwinner, Washington Keitaro Ito, Fukutsu City Madhusudan Katti, Raleigh Jessica Kavonic, Cape Town Yvonne Lynch, Melbourne Mary Mattingly, Brooklyn Brian McGrath, New York City Tischa Muñoz-Erickson, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico Ragene Palma, Manila Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City Wilson Ramirez Hernandez, Bogotá Bruce Roll, Portland David Simon, Gothenburg Tomomi Sudo, Kyushu Dimitra Xidous, Dublin

     

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    27 February 2019

    Mosaic Management: The Missing Ingredient for Biodiversity Innovation in Urban Greenspace Design
    Stuart Connop, London Caroline Nash, London

    With a new stream of studies adding to evidence revealing disturbing declines in global populations of insects (Hallmann et al. 2018, Lister & Garcia 2018, Sánchez-Bayo and Wyckhuys 2019) and reports of an ecological catastrophe on the scale of a sixth mass extinction, there is an urgent need to do more...

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    21 February 2019

    Historic Urban Public Parks: Are They Being Incrementally Spoiled?
    Steve Brown, Sydney

    Urban public parks are under constant siege; and the issue is an increasingly global matter. Typically created as public recreation spaces and local community green spaces within cities and towns, urban parks are increasingly impacted by incremental changes to original designs brought on by, for example, overshadowing by tall buildings,...

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    10 February 2019

    The Beaver, Cottonwoods, and Lucy: Preservation Is Not Enough
    Mike Houck, Portland

    In a previous essay, Size Doesn’t Matter, Really, I made the case that even small scraps of urban green, such as Portland’s one-square-block Tanner Springs Nature Park can provide significant benefits to a community. Located in the city’s intensely developed Pearl District, Tanner Springs provides access to nature to thousands...

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    5 February 2019

    Disaster Recovery? Yet Another Missed Opportunity to Build Back Better, Inclusive, and Sustainable Cities
    Fadi Hamdan, Beirut

    Throughout the world, cities are undergoing significant damage and destruction due to a combination of: (1) natural hazards increasing in severity, frequency and losses due to climate change (Figures 1); and (2) increased exposure, vulnerability and losses due to increasing population and economic concentration due to unplanned rapid urbanization (Figure...

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    2 February 2019

    The Winter City: Ecologies of Snow, Ice and Cold
    Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal

    But it was all The Fear of Snow —Leonard Cohen, The Best The city in winter invokes diverse imaginaries—from romantic, beautiful, and magical to cold, dark, dirty, and hazardous. A quick Google search reproduces the first three imaginaries: romantic, beautiful, and magical (Figure 1). Yet winter is often depicted as...

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    January, 2019

    30 January 2019

    French Landscape Painters and the Nature of Paris
    Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka

    A review of Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings from the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Moscow, an exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Art in Osaka, Japan. If we learn anything from an exhibition such as “Masterpieces of French Landscape Paintings”, it might be that French landscape painters have...

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    29 January 2019

    What did you read in 2018 that moved you?
    Isabelle Michele Sophie Anguelovski, Barcelona Marc Barra, Paris Katie Coyne, Austin Samarth Das, Mumbai Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Rio de Janeiro Artur Jerzy Filip, Warsaw Claudia Luna Fuentes, Saltillo Russell Galt, Edinburgh Ursula Heise, Los Angeles Toby Kent, Melbourne Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Pascal Mittermaier, Boston Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie Huda Shaka, Dubai David Simon, Gothenburg Jay Valgora, New York Chantal van Ham, Brussels

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    28 January 2019

    Orchards from the Forest: A Local Solution to Extinction
    Alessandra Pavesi, São Paulo

    The destruction of Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah), the second largest biome in Brazil after Amazonia, has become the main concern of urban collectives focused on reintroducing elements of this important ecosystem in city landscapes and in the imaginations of city dwellers. In this essay, we look at urban farming for Cerradoregeneration from...

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    24 January 2019

    Rebuilding Bosnia and Herzegovina Cities
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    There is a sadness in Bosnia and Herzegovina that will follow me for a long time. Of all the wonders and troubles we have witnessed during our walk through Asia and Europe, the visible signs of this country’s post-war hardships break my heart the most in this multi-year journey. Our...

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    18 January 2019

    Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments for the 21st Century
    Huda Shaka, Dubai

    Arid cities around the world Over two years ago, my colleagues and I at Arup began a research project focused on the topic of planning and designing cities in arid environments. We were initially interested in exploring the most relevant practices and innovations for cities in the Middle East, but...

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    13 January 2019

    Many Small Changes Cascade into Big Change
    Leen Gorissen, Antwerp

    How can cities accelerate transitions to sustainability? That was the central question in the collaborative EU-funded research project called ARTS, in which researchers, policy makers, citizens, artists, and entrepreneurs co-reflected on pathways to fast-forward urban sustainability. Upon the request of many urban changemakers, we translated the academic findings into an...

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    11 January 2019

    Nature in the City—An Urban Adventure
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    My husband went on his bicycle to get our Christmas standing rib roast (an extravagance of every few years) at the local artisanal butcher. The butcher is in the legendary Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles, corner of 3rdand Fairfax. It remains relatively authentic despite the immense Disneyesque mall just adjacent...

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    8 January 2019

    The Planet’s Gift to Humans: Soil Uncovered
    Chantal van Ham, Brussels

    Soil is a unique living ecosystem that provides a wide range of services to people. It is the foundation of life on the planet, home to biodiversity, it regulates the water cycle, stores and filters water, is the basis for producing food and fuel, it facilitates the natural recycling of...

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    3 January 2019

    Nature Rebounding in the Peri-Urban Landscapes that the Industrial Revolution Left Behind: North West England’s Carbon Landscape
    Janice Astbury, Manchester Joanne Tippett, Manchester

    Less than an hour cycling out of central Manchester along the Bridgewater Canal takes you into a green and blue landscape. It only becomes clear that this is a post-industrial area when the infrastructure of a coalfield pithead rises up behind the trees. Further along the canal you encounter attractive...

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    December, 2018

    29 December 2018

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2018
    David Maddox, New York City

    Today’s post celebrates some of the highlights from TNOC writing in 2018. These contributions—originating around the world—were one or more of widely read, offering novel points of view, and/or somehow disruptive in a useful way. All 1000+ TNOC essays and roundtables are worthwhile reads, of course, but what follows will give you a...

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    20 December 2018

    A Transformative New Era for Landscape Conservation in Cities
    Will Allen, Chapel Hill

    When I started my career in land and water conservation almost 25 years ago, cities and nature were usually seen as two separate things. Many strategic conservation planning efforts focused on finding the best places to protect nature from people. But as we have learned from The Nature of Cities and...

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