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    Maria E Ignatieva

    Maria was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. She graduated from the Landscape Architecture Program at Leningrad State Forest Technical University and received her PhD from Moscow State University. In Russia (St. Petersburg), then in the USA (SUNY ESF, Syracuse, New York), New Zealand (Lincoln University), in Sweden (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala and now in UWA, School of Design. Maria is working on the investigation of different urban ecosystems and developing principles of ecological design. Her latest FORMAS project in Sweden was dedicated to the lawn as cultural and ecological phenomenon and symbol of globalization (www.slu.se/lawn). Another research and teaching interest is history of landscape architecture, restoration and conservation of historical parks and gardens.

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    1 April 2020

    TNOC Summit Dialogue: How can professors help mobilize knowledge?
    Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Nina-Marie Lister, Toronto David Maddox, New York City Francois Mancebo, Paris

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    March, 2020

    31 March 2020

    Nature in Korea’s Capital: The Magic Stops at the Car Bridge
    Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka

    A review of Min Joung-Ki, an exhibition of large-scale urban nature paintings at Kukje Gallery in Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 1982, Kukeje gallery is one of Korea’s most prolific exhibitors of international contemporary artists. Indeed, the institution is more of a small arts complex than a gallery, consisting of...

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    22 March 2020

    The Green Cloud, A Rooftop Story from Shenzhen: A “Living” Sponge Space Inside an Urban Village
    Vivin Qiang, Shenzhen Xin Yu, Shenzhen

    用中文阅读 Shenzhen, a coastal city located in Southern China, exemplifies the idea of  rapid urbanization. In just 40 years, Shenzhen has transformed from a fishing village to a bustling megalopolis. Today, about 50% of Shenzhen’s 13 million residents live in its urban villages. These urban villages are some of the few...

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    18 March 2020

    What the Garden Belongs To: Sensorial Listening in Urban Space
    Jake Nussbaum, Philadelphia

    On Emily Street between 7th and 8th in Philadelphia lies the Growing Home community gardens—two discrete plots of land separated by an assortment of old and new construction rowhomes that are the architectural hallmark of the neighborhood. Chainlink fences separate the gardens from the street. Through them one can see...

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    16 March 2020

    Design with Nature is not about Financial Return—It is a Recognition that Humans Rely on Nature.
    Stephanie Pincetl, Los Angeles

    There is no doubt that cities, especially since the industrial revolution, have by and large been built overriding local ecologies, obliterating topography, soils, streams, altering soils, ignoring seasons, breezes, sunlight. Nature based solutions, urban ecosystem services, however they are called, have emerged to try to remediate this historical modernist hubris...

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    12 March 2020

    Renewable Rikers as a Blueprint for a Sustainable City
    Rebecca Bratspies, New York City

    On 29 January 2019, New York City Council held a hearing on a trio of bills collectively known as “Renewable Rikers”. Rikers is currently home to the most infamous prison in New York City—the Rikers Island correctional facility an island penal colony with one lone bridge connecting it to the...

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    9 March 2020

    Common Trends and Conundrums in Nature-Based Solutions: Greening at the Intersection of Urban Densification and Urban Sprawl
    Filka Sekulova, Barcelona Isabelle Michele Sophie Anguelovski, Barcelona Francesc Baro, Barcelona Bernadett Kiss, Lund

    Traditional chinampa cultivation as a way to restore water-stressed ecosystem services in Mexico City’s artificial wetland areas conquered from the sea in Tianjin Harbour … a network of bug-friendly bushes and patches of green along cycling routes in Scotland … an urban forest strategy in Melbourne promoting the plantating of...

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    February, 2020

    19 February 2020

    Toronto Harbour Cleanup: The Cornerstone of Waterfront Revitalization
    John Hartig, Windsor

    As Toronto grew into Canada’s largest city and a world leader in business, finance, technology, entertainment, and culture, there were unintended consequences such as water pollution and loss of habitat. Today, Toronto and Region are a leader in environmental cleanup and reconnecting people to their waterfront as a part of...

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    14 February 2020

    Who Takes Care of New York?
    Lindsay Campbell, New York

    Civic leaders and community members regularly put time and energy into caring and advocating for the environment. We call these acts of care stewardship. Beyond improving green and blue spaces, stewardship can also lead to other types of civic action. Local stewardship groups can strengthen social trust within a neighborhood....

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    7 February 2020

    Re-envisioning Cities Through Bottom Up Neighbourhood Planning, Not Top Down Master Planning
    PK Das, Mumbai

    If there is one thing that I have to state as being the most important learning from my living and working in Mumbai, it is the need for collective intervention to combat the current trend of exclusionary urban development with an objective of achieving social and environmental equity and justice...

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    January, 2020

    31 January 2020

    Cloud Cities, Melting Cities: A Review of Yumiko Ono’s “Epitomes” at Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
    Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka

    A review of “Epitomes,” an exhibition by Yumiko Ono, on view at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Taipei through 2 February 2020. Situated a few blocks from Taipei’s central train station in an old school building, MOCA Taipei is currently hosting a large exhibition of catastrophic visions of past,...

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    30 January 2020

    TNOC Summit Dialogue: How can we provide living space for people?
    Samarth Das, Mumbai Elisa Silva, Caracas David Simon, London Xin Yu, Shenzhen

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    23 January 2020

    A Fractal Solution to Regional Complexity and Governance
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal

    Could we construct a new image of what the political boundaries of an urban landscape could take shape as? Instead of the hierarchical approach that is commonplace, with cities governed by layers of neighborhood, urban, regional, and state-provincial levels through different electoral or appointed bodies, I propose to approach the...

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    18 January 2020

    Placing Equity at the Center of the Urban Greening Agenda
    Peleg Kremer, Princeton Annegret Haase, Leipzig Dagmar Haase, Berlin

    Equity and Sustainability: a history of ideological convergence vs. practiced indifference The idea that equity is an important and indispensable part of sustainable development has been there from the early days. The intellectual basic for and actions taken towards sustainability are thought to be fundamentally fair and just—a world in...

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    13 January 2020

    And, Now What? Exploring what happens after a 16,000-kilometer walk across two continents
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    Those last few days in June, we could see Barcelona’s shape in the distance. The three chimneys from the old power plant. The slanted roof of the Forum. The towers from the Olympic village. The long stretch of beach reaching to the glass sail that is the W hotel. The...

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    8 January 2020

    Paseos Verdes: The Story of a Morning Walk and a Partnership for Greater Community and Watershed Health
    Bruce Roll, Portland

    Since its beginning fifteen years ago, the landscape conservation program called Tree for All (TFA) has found a home for more than 10 million native plants in the 750 square mile Tualatin River Watershed of  Northwestern Oregon. Over 700 projects have been completed along 140 river miles across 30,000 acres....

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    1 January 2020

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2019
    David Maddox, New York

    Today’s post celebrates some of the highlights from TNOC writing in 2019. 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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    December, 2019

    20 December 2019

    TNOC Summit Dialogue: Demanding access to green space as a right for everyone
    Isabelle Michele Sophie Anguelovski, Barcelona Adrian Benepe, New York Samarth Das, Mumbai David Maddox, New York City

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    19 December 2019

    Tree Planting in Green Urban Infrastructure
    Graciela Arosemena, Panama City

    Lea esto en español. The functions of today’s green are defined mainly by the needs that were conceived in the hygienist movement linked to the industrial city of the nineteenth century. Environmental pollution was the driving force behind public open spaces at that time, and at that time, the need...

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    16 December 2019

    A Storm in a Bioswale: Breaking Down Barriers to Nature-Based Solutions
    Stuart Connop, London Caroline Nash, London

    Nature-based solutions are emerging as a key mechanism for renaturing cities, yet barriers around evidence and effectiveness still stand in the way of widespread rollout across our urban landscapes. More by luck than design, we learned that a straightforward technical test of a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) retrofit scheme in...

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