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    Judy Li

    Judy Li is a Princeton-in-Asia fellow with NRDC Beijing’s China Sustainable Cities Program, focusing on low-carbon urbanization, smart growth planning, and urban sustainability. Her current work includes researching Chinese low-carbon urban development trends and examples, walkability and bikeability of Chinese cities, and sustainable urban waste management. She is a 2014 graduate of University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Environmental Science and Environmental Economics and Policy, and a minor in Energy Resources. Judy enjoys hiking, painting, and urban exploration.

    May, 2018

    16 May 2018

    Making Parks Relevant: Muir Woods as a Museum that Invites Multiple Narratives
    Laura Booth, San Francisco

    At Muir Woods National Monument, an old-growth redwood forest a half hour’s drive north of San Francisco, more than a million people a year from around the world flock to visit ancient, giant trees. These visitors largely believe they are coming to a beautiful, living example of a thriving and...

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    13 May 2018

    Map and Explore: Hidden Hydrology
    Jason King, Portland

    Our cities are filled with hidden stories. Some of these tales are unlocked through conversations with long-time residents and oral histories, while others emerge through the written word, embedded in documents and biographies from the shapers and boosters that made our cities. Some hide in maps, a chronology of layers...

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    8 May 2018

    Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada
    Adrina Bardekjian, Montreal

    Over the past four years in leading the Engagement and Research portfolio at Tree Canada, I have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow, contribute to designing programs that move beyond tree planting efforts, and to create a network of knowledge sharing for Canada’s urban forests. I am pleased...

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    5 May 2018

    Enabling Efficient Urban Biodiversity Monitoring Through Modern Natural History and Citizen Science
    Timothy Bonebrake, Hong Kong

    The escalator that stretches from Victoria Harbour in central Hong Kong to the high-priced mid-levels neighborhood accommodates approximately 70,000 commuters daily. Surrounded by tall buildings, you would not at first glance expect to find much in the way of life other than never-ending humanity. However, even on this congested pathway...

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    April, 2018

    30 April 2018

    An urban planner and an urban ecologist walk into a bar. They chat about how (and maybe whether) “ecology” could play a bigger role in planning…
    Will Allen, Chapel Hill Juan Azcarate, Bogotá Amy Chomowicz, Portland Katie Coyne, Austin Georgina Cullman, New York PK Das, Mumbai David Goode, Bath Mark Hostetler, Gainesville Elsa Limasset, Orléans Ragene Palma, Manila Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City Gil Penha-Lopes, Lisbon Lauren Smalls-Mantey, New York

       

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    30 April 2018

    New Integrated and Actionable Urban Knowledge for the Cities We Want and Need
    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Xuemei Bai, Canberra Niki Frantzeskaki, Rotterdam Corrie Griffith, Tempe David Maddox, New York City Timon McPhearson, New York Sue Parnell, Cape Town Paty Romero-Lankao, Boulder David Simon, Gothenburg Mark Watkins, Phoenix

    A preview of the book, Urban Planet: Knowledge Towards Sustainable Cities. 2018. Editors: Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Niki Frantzeskaki, Corrie Griffith, David Maddox, Timon McPhearson, Susan Parnell, Patricia Romero-Lankao, David Simon, Mark Watkins. Cambridge University Press. Available as an open source download here, or purchase as a physical book. We are living on an...

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    29 April 2018

    Neural Networks—A New Model for “The Kind of Problem a City Is”
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal

    Jane Jacobs’ final chapter of Death and Life of Great American Cities, titled “The Kind of Problem a City Is”, remains its most misunderstood. The principal ideas of the book have become the mainstream of urban know-how and helped the triumphant turnarounds in the fortunes of American cities, most notably...

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    25 April 2018

    Tracking Resilience Trade-offs: Let’s Build a Crowdsourced Global Database
    Lorenzo Chelleri, Barcelona Sara Meerow, Tempe

    In recent years, city plans, international organizations, private foundations, and policy discourse more broadly have presented resilience as a necessary characteristic for communities to cope with natural hazards and climate change. Numerous cities around the world are now developing resilience strategies or implementing policies with the stated aim of becoming more resilient. Resilience...

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    21 April 2018

    Positive Visions for Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Cities
    Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Tempe David Iwaniec, Atlanta Nancy Grimm, Phoenix Timon McPhearson, New York

    It is beginning to feel like the anticipated future under climate change is even closer than we once thought. After a particularly harsh hurricane season in North America and following another year of record high global temperatures in 2017, many people recognize that we are entering a new climate reality. Current...

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    19 April 2018

    A Bengaluru that Endures in Essence, Yet Constantly Transforms
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town

    A review of Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future, by Harini Nagendra. 2016. 214 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0199465927 / ISBN-10: 0199465924. Oxford University Press. £ 25.99 (Hardback). Buy the book. In her book Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future (OUP, 2016) Harini...

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    17 April 2018

    Trees are Breath
    Andreas Weber, Berlin

    In the last days, with the air finally above the freezing point, and the grey silhouettes of the barren twigs dripping with fine silvery moisture against the faint morning light, I have been drawn into the forest. Every morning, I unlocked the chain securing my bike to a low metal...

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    14 April 2018

    A Sense of Wonder: The Missing Ingredient to a Long-Term Value for Nature?
    Bronwyn Cumbo, Sydney Marthe Derkzen, Amsterdam

    “For the child….it is not half as important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.” —Rachel Carson, 1965, p.58. The natural world...

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    9 April 2018

    Westward Wandering and Wondering
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    Thinking of home turf as we start a new phase of the Bangkok-Barcelona journey My mind always wanders forward. Even as my footsteps ground me in the present, I can’t help but wonder what lies ahead. We’re still technically in Asia, on the side of the line that divides Turkey...

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    5 April 2018

    Cities of Difference, Part II: Shifting Identities, Diverse Communities and Urban Nature
    Julian Agyeman, Medford Laura Shillington, Managua & Montreal

    This article was adapted from an article by Julian Agyeman [i]. Cities of difference are places where we are “in the presence of otherness”, as Sennett puts it—namely, our increasingly different, diverse, and culturally heterogeneous urban areas.[ii] Difference is, in my opinion, a more expansive and useful concept than diversity, which...

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    2 April 2018

    What’s Under the Car Hood? Looks Like Good News for Stormwater Pollution
    Emily Wier, New York

    The literature has established that electric vehicles are better for the environment—they produce less pollution than a conventional gas vehicle, regardless of the electricity mix used to fuel the vehicle.[1] They are more efficient, and in part thanks to many state policies[2]—the costs of ownership are decreasing and the vehicles are...

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    March, 2018

    29 March 2018

    The Sheffield Street Tree Massacre: Notes from a Public-Private Partnership Gone Wrong
    Christine Thuring, Sheffield

    Often described as Europe’s greenest city, Sheffield is reputed to have more trees per capita than any other, with over 100,000 trees spread across parks and open spaces, 10.4 percent woodland by area, and approximately 36,000 street trees. However, a public-private partnership (P3) is dramatically altering Sheffield’s urban forest. The various particulars of the...

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    26 March 2018

    Protecting More with Less: More Nature in Cities with the Science of Strategic Conservation
    Will Allen, Chapel Hill

    Not long ago, cities and nature were usually seen as two separate things. Thankfully nature and cities are now being acknowledged as inextricably linked, and an exciting and expanding movement is emerging to invest in green infrastructure that helps make cities sustainable, resilient, and livable. Billions are spent annually around...

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    24 March 2018

    Socioecological Science is Failing Cities. The Humanities Can Help
    Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City

    “Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” — Max Planck As a graduate student, I was often assigned to read the foundational work of...

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    20 March 2018

    In the Built Environment of Cities, Urban Ecology and Technology Must Walk Together
    Camilo Ordóñez, Toronto James Steenberg, Toronto Amber Grant, Toronto

    A recent discussion at The Nature of Cities talked about the most important things to know for an urban ecologist. For many, this was that humans are part of nature. But the many influences of humans on urban nature is so complex, that some aspects of this relationship are better understood...

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    18 March 2018

    Photo Essay: Finding Refuge in City Parks
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    We walked many treeless roads from Bangkok, Thailand to Samsun, Turkey. On our weekly rest days, when we rambled into cities and found a hotel room where we could sleep in a bed and hang our laundry, we sought out those quiet giants. This walk we’re on is shifting our...

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