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    Rachna Leveque

    Rachna Lévêque is an urban and regional planner with several years of global experience on projects ranging from buildings and public space to strategic city planning and policy making. She is currently conducting doctoral research in Resilient Cities at UCL in collaboration with Buro Happold (EPSRC grant). Her research investigates how different actors come together to collectively govern the myriad implications of urban densification (the current policy norm for delivering sustainable cities) and how they influence policy in two cities - Mumbai and London. The aim of the research is to understand how governance and institutional structures create the conditions for cities to be adaptable and transformable in the face of multiple interlinked stresses.

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    8 September 2019

    Avoid Pitfalls and Expand the Promise of Urban Wetlands for Biodiversity: A Tale of Three Urban Wetlands
    Timothy Bonebrake, Hong Kong

    Madagascar is well known for its incredible biodiversity; the lemurs, chameleons, and the baobabs are, for good reason, recognized as the environmental rock stars of the island. In July 2019 I landed in the capital of Antananarivo to participate in the 56th meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and...

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    5 September 2019

    Teleportation and the Reinvention of the World’s Cities: A 20-year Retrospective
    Rob McDonald, Washington, DC

    It began, like electricity before it, as a new technology for the rich in lower Manhattan to play with. A daring startup, Helios Travel, began offering teleportation from Greenwich (Connecticut) to Wall Street for the princely sum of $10,000 a pop. Many potential customers couldn’t handle the idea of all...

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    3 September 2019

    One Minute of Dance a Day, at TNOC Summit
    Nadia Vadori-Gauthier, Paris

    One of the One Minute of Dance a Day project. This dance was performed on the Sorbonne campus during the TNOC Summit, outside the main auditorium venue. Beats by 3’z. There are over 700 dances, and you can search them by Paris neighborhood, site type, nature element, and more.

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    August, 2019

    31 August 2019

    The Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework
    Didier Babin, Paris Oliver Hillel, Montreal Elisabeth Chouraki, Paris

    The team working for the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework – EU Support project implemented by Expertise France participated to the international summit The Nature of Cities (TNOC) from the 4th to the 7th of June at the University of Paris Sorbonne of which the objective is to mobilize cities, metropolitan areas...

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    30 August 2019

    The spirit of Dada welcomes you to TNOC Summit: What is the nature of the city of our dreams?
    Carmen Bouyer, Paris Lindsay Campbell, New York City Marcus Collier, Dublin Katie Coyne, Austin Samarth Das, Mumbai Gillian Dick, Glasgow Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro Jessica Kavonic, Cape Town Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Timon McPhearson, New York Andrew Rudd, New York City Chantal van Ham, Brussels

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    22 August 2019

    From City of Light to Ville Verte: How a Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change Adaptation is Making Paris the World’s Green Innovator
    Adrian Benepe, New York

    On a recent visit to Paris after an absence of more than a dozen years, I was struck by the comprehensive and visionary approach to urban resilience and livability that is transforming Paris into the global leader in innovative urban greening. Since my childhood, I have been entranced by the...

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    12 August 2019

    Oh, For the Love of Bicycles! A Walking Reflection about Moving on Two Wheels through Urban and Rural Areas
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    Walking may be my main form of transportation these days, but I often daydream about wheels…bicycle wheels…and the way they move people through urban and rural spaces. Most of our 14,000-kilometer journey to date is speckled with memories of two-wheeled riders, and my longing to join them in their pedaling...

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    2 August 2019

    London National Park City is a Reality
    David Goode, Bath

    During the past week the eyes of the world have been on London, to see a new Prime Minister installed at Westminster. But the week has also seen a momentous decision made for a sustainable and liveable future for London. The city was designated as a National Park City, the...

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    July, 2019

    26 July 2019

    We’re Not “Solving” Wicked Challenges through Design and Science. Is That Ok?
    Daniel Phillips, Detroit

    Many of us are drawn to the process and potential of transdisciplinary projects through a desire to deepen the scope and impact of our work. Though landscape architects and planning practitioners claim to be capable of achieving socio-ecological impact, their proposals and built projects too often lack necessary grounding in...

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    17 July 2019

    Closer to Home, Higher the Walls
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    We noticed an extraordinary thing walking across Asia and Europe since January 2016: the absence and presence of fences. It may not be extraordinary in the “I climbed Everest” kind of way. But, for us, it’s extraordinary in the “I walk slow enough to see how fences change” kind of...

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    10 July 2019

    Neighborhoods that Change in Non-linear Ways—Urban Planning for Succession
    Mathieu Hélie, Montréal

    For most of urban history, urbanization was a nonlinear process. Lots filled in as needed over time, in a process some call incremental growth, or organic growth, seemingly randomly and chaotically. It was iterative, driven by acute feedback and extreme scarcity. Even the shape of lots was refined over time,...

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    4 July 2019

    Water Sensitive Urban Design Goes Mainstream in Victoria, Australia
    Meredith Dobbie, Victoria

    Victoria, in south-eastern Australia, has long had a reputation as a garden state, even to the extent of describing it as such on car registration plates in the past. Victorian cities boast many parks, large and small, which are highly valued by their residents but threatened by drought and climate...

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    June, 2019

    30 June 2019

    Imagine A City Where No One Sleeps Outside: Eden Village, A Model to End Homelessness
    Traci Sooter, Springfield

    When Dr. David and Linda Brown retired, they moved into a loft in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Very quickly they got to know and become friends with their new urban neighbors. But rather than visiting in with these neighbors in their apartments or lofts, their conversations were always on the streets,...

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    28 June 2019

    What prevents us from creating cities that are better for people and nature? It doesn’t seem like a lack of knowledge—don’t we have enough research knowledge to act on better policy? So, what is the impediment?
    Adrian Benepe, New York Paul Downton, Melbourne Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires Sumetee Gajjar, Bangalore Russell Galt, Edinburgh Rob McDonald, Washington, DC Huda Shaka, Dubai Vivek Shandas, Portland Philip Silva, New York Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem

       

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    24 June 2019

    The Singing Air
    Andreas Weber, Berlin

    “…as if refusing to be caught / In any singular vision of my eye / Or in the nets and cages of my thought, / They tower up, shatter, and madden space / With their divergences, are each alone / Swallowed from sight.”— Richard Wilbur, An Event (excerpt) In the last...

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    24 June 2019

    How Can We Improve Social Infrastructure?
    Laura Landau, New York

    A review of the book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, by Eric Klinenberg. 2018. 290 pages. Random House. Buy the book. In Eric Klinenberg’s 2018 book, Palaces for the People, he argues that investing in social infrastructure (the assets...

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    May, 2019

    30 May 2019

    How can local governments retain and plant trees on private lands—a primer
    Camilo Ordóñez, Melbourne Judy Bush, Melbourne Joe Hurley, Melbourne Marco Amati, Melbourne Stephen Livesley, Melbourne

    The future sustainability and liveability of cities in many bioregions will depend on retaining established trees, and on planting new trees, including on private lands. While retaining and planting trees in public space has become a familiar feature in many cities, the role of private land areas in a city’s...

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    27 May 2019

    Imagining Future Cities in an Age of Ecological Change
    Ursula Heise, Los Angeles

      The guidelines of the prompt were very simple. Stories had to be set in a city in the distant future (i.e. in or near the year 2099), be 1,000 words or less, and have as significant plot points both nature and people. With this framework The Nature of Cities launched...

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    24 May 2019

    On Paschal Mysteries, Primates and Conflagration: Notre Dame and the Ecological Disenfranchisement of Western Civilization
    Keith Tidball, Ithaca

    I was vacationing in Florida, taking advantage of Spring Break, and Easter week, writing and reading and escaping the administrivia that accompanies the end of the spring semester when I saw a short report on the television behind the bar at the local pub. It was Notre Dame. It was...

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    22 May 2019

    Lakes as Urban Classrooms | Reflections on the case of Rachenahalli Lake, Bangalore (2015-2018)
    Sumetee Gajjar, Bangalore

    Civic engagement by the Jaimitra trust, and various civic organisations involved in conserving Rachenahalli Lake, was to create a space expected to help alleviate the stresses of living in an urban jungle, and break away from the infamous legacy tied to the images of highly polluted, frothing and aflame lakes...

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