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Radhika Khosla, 

Many voices. Greener cities. Better cities.
Radhika Khosla

Radhika Khosla

Radhika Khosla is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. She works on energy efficiency, with a focus on the buildings sector and its broader linkages to energy and climate change in India. Previously, she was Staff Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, where she led the work on building energy efficiency in India. She holds a PhD in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago and undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Oxford.

May, 2020

29 May 2020

What Nature Is Telling Us…
Chantal van Ham, Brussels

Winter may seem a quiet season when it comes to bird sounds, but when we listen carefully we may hear the starling, one of the most cheerful whistlers in the world. Mozart had a starling for some time and enjoyed the delightful singing of his bird friend, who was able...

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25 May 2020

Lost and Found: A Companion Essay to the Art Works of Katrine Claassens
Nina-Marie Lister, Toronto

Before / Winter We are celebrating our 3-year friendship. Artist-climate activist and ecologist-designer. We met in Portland (a tip of two floral hats, and a gracious thank you to David and The Nature of Cities), a long way from Toronto and longer still from Cape Town. Our conversations have become...

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22 May 2020

If You’re Feeling Stressed in These Times of COVID-19, a Picture of Nature Can Be Restorative!
Meredith Dobbie, Victoria

More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, where nature, at the best of times, can seem hard to find and enjoy. The restorative value of nature has long been acknowledged but how can we access it in these strange times of social distancing and isolation as COVID-19...

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18 May 2020

Native Versus Non-native: Which Plants are Best for Biodiversity?
Lincoln Garland, Bath

When evaluating or seeking to enhance the biodiversity interest of an urban greenspace, a key attribute to consider is its floral composition. Floral composition can be native, non-native or a variable mix of the two. A species is defined as native to a given region or ecosystem if its presence...

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11 May 2020

The 6th Mass Extinction and Cities: A View from Vancouver
Christine Thuring, Vancouver

Behind the scenes of pandemic, and long before, we have been quietly witnessing the planetary-scale annihilation of life-supporting systems, the Earth’s “6th mass extinction”. Unlike the previous five, this is the first time a mass extinction is caused by a single species, in this case Homo sapiens. Along with the...

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4 May 2020

Enabling Access to Greenspace During the Covid-19 Pandemic—Perspectives from Five Cities
David Barton, Oslo Dagmar Haase, Berlin André Mascarenhas, Berlin Johannes Langemeyer, Barcelona Francesc Baro, Barcelona Christopher Kennedy, New York Zbigniew Grabowski, Millbrook Timon McPhearson, New York Norun Hjertager Krog, Oslo Zander Venter, Oslo Vegard Gundersen, Oslo Erik Andersson, Stockholm

There is now plenty of evidence on the benefits of local access to greenspace and greenviews on physical health and mental well-being. Lockdowns and social distancing advisories have placed restrictions on citizen normal access to public spaces. Google community mobility statistics from February-March revealed varied patterns of reaction to Covid-19 in...

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3 May 2020

Covid has upended all the normal routines in our lives and work. How do you imagine you might be changed by it, both professionally, but also personally as you negotiate a new post-virus “normal”?
Pippin Anderson, Cape Town Isabelle Michele Sophie Anguelovski, Barcelona Janice Astbury, Buenos Aires Lindsay Campbell, New York Sarah Charlop-Powers, New York Katrine Claassens, Montreal M'Lisa Colbert, Montreal Carmen Bouyer, Paris Marcus Collier, Dublin Paul Currie, Cape Town Samarth Das, Mumbai Gillian Dick, Glasgow Paul Downton, Melbourne Emilio Fantin, Milan Todd Forest, New York Andrew Grant, Bath Eduardo Guerrero, Bogotá Bram Gunther, New York Dagmar Haase, Berlin Annegret Haase, Leipzig Fadi Hamdan, Beirut Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro Alex Herzog, Rio de Janeiro Mathew Jensen, New York Panagiota Kotsila, Barcelona Gilles Lecuir, Paris Nina-Marie Lister, Toronto Kevin Lunzalu, Nairobi Patrick M. Lydon, Osaka Yvonne Lynch, Riyadh David Maddox, New York Antonia Machado, Portland Francois Mancebo, Paris Rob McDonald, Washington, DC Brian McGrath, New York City Siobhán McQuaid, Dublin Ragene Palma, London Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City Mitchell Pavao-Zuckerman, College Park Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie Mary Rowe, Toronto Andrew Rudd, New York City Eric Sanderson, New York Olivier Scheffer, Bordeaux Huda Shaka, Dubai Laura Shillington, Montreal Elisa Silva, Caracas David Simon, London Mary Hall Surface, Washington Erika Svendsen, New York Abdallah Tawfic, Cairo Christine Thuring, Vancouver Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Paris Andreas Weber, Berlin Diana Wiesner, Bogota Darlene Wolnik, New Orleans Xin Yu, Shenzhen Carly Ziter, Montreal

   

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April, 2020

26 April 2020

Stunting Our Immediate Future: A Teenage Perspective on Covid-19 and Its Challenges
Vishisht Singhal, Delhi

The lessons learnt by teenagers today will assist us as global leaders of tomorrow, to make better and more informed decisions to prevent any such future epidemics. The Covid-19 crisis and widespread epidemic has infected more than a million people and is increasingly causing agony to billions. While the severity...

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22 April 2020

People Staying Home, Wildlife Occupying the Streets: Lessons from COVID-19 Lockdowns
Eleanor Diamant, Los Angeles Ian MacGregor-Fors, Xalapa Pamela Yeh, Los Angeles

With the massive migration of people from agricultural lands to cities over the last few centuries, an important change came to Earth: our total human population went from being mainly non-urban to being mostly urban at the beginning of the 21st Century1. While the concentration of people in the urban...

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17 April 2020

COVID-19: Flattening the Curve Means Getting Comfortable with Muddled Urban Systems
Buyana Kareem, Kampala

We live in, to say the least, a risky urban world. It is a historical fact that pandemics always impact cities differently. From the Athens plague in 430BC, which led to fundamental changes in city regulations and identities, to the Black Death in the Middle Ages, which disrupted class power...

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14 April 2020

Cities Are Not to Blame for the Spread of COVID-19—nor Is the Demise of Cities an Appropriate Response
Rob McDonald, Washington, DC Erica Spotswood, Oakland

We are all living a slowly unfolding tragedy, as Covid-19 (coronavirus) spreads in communities around the world, with (as of 26 April 2020) over 3 million confirmed cases and more than 210,000 deaths. This pandemic has led some to question the wisdom of living in cities. Dense urban settlement is...

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10 April 2020

The Art of Designing Meaningful Public-Science Collaborations
M'Lisa Colbert, Montreal

When many voices come together, they create a sound so loud it moves you. What you hear when you experience this is the very same thing that gives a good choir the power to deliver you from your sins—a powerful element called resonance. When two frequencies stream in harmonic proportion...

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6 April 2020

Are Universities and Students Allies in Climate Action?… Maybe.
Franco Montalto, Philadelphia and Venice

At a time when many national governments fail to recognize the urgency of climate action, universities have emerged as key subnational actors, well positioned to bring knowledge to action around this issue. While governments debate whether and how to act, universities can educate, empower, and inspire a new generation of...

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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 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, Kukje 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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