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“This is The Nature of Cities” is the Podcast of The Nature of Cities, a virtual magazine and discussion site on cities as ecosystems. It is a global collective of contributors, an essay, long-form, media, and discussion site devoted to cities as social-ecological spaces, ecosystems of people, buildings, open spaces, and nature. City design with nature at the center is key to urban resilience, sustainability, and livability.

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  • Aakriti Grover
  • Abdallah Tawfic
  • Abhiri Sanfui
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  • Adam Glenn
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  • Amber Grant
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  • Amrita Sen
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  • Amy Hahs
  • Ana Faggi
  • Ana-Cecilia Gutiérrez-Vannucchi
  • AnaLuisa Artesi
  • Ana Mitić-Radulović
  • Ana Pinheira
  • Andra Simanova
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  • Andréa Albuquerque G. Redondo
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  • Andrés Flajszer
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  • Angela Danyluk
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  • Ari Honarvar
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  • Cindy Thomashow
  • CJ Goulding
  • Clair Cooper
  • Claire Stanford
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  • Claire Weisz
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  • Claudia Zuleyka Vidal
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  • Clifford Ochs
  • Clifford Thompson
  • Colin Meurk
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  • Colm O’Driscoll
  • Corrie Griffith
  • Constanza Cerda
  • Cristián Pietrapiana
  • Cristina Flora
  • Dagmar Haase
  • Damon Hall
  • Dana Johnston
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  • Danielle McCarthy
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  • Darin Wahl
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  • Debbie Weyl
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  • Don Dearborn
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  • Easther Chigumira
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  • Edith de Guzman
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  • Ellika Hermansson Torok
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  • Elsa Limasset
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  • Eva Bubla
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  • Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira
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  • Fadi Hamdan
  • Fanny Retsek
  • Fanxin Meng
  • Farahnaz Sharifi
  • Fengping Yang
  • Ferne Edwards
  • Ffion Atkins
  • Filka Sekulova
  • Finzi Saidi
  • Xin Yu
  • Flaminia Paddeu
  • Fleur Timmer
  • Florencia Gustelar
  • Fonna Forman
  • Francesc Baro
  • Frances Mezzetti
  • Francis Vorhies
  • Francois Mancebo
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  • Fran Ilich
  • Franz Gatzweiler
  • Frida Larios
  • Funmi Adeniyi
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  • Gareth Haysom
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  • Gary Grant
  • Gavin Van Horn
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  • Geneviève Metson
  • Genie Birch
  • Geoff Canham
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  • Georgia Bertagna
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  • Geovana Mercado
  • Germán Gomez
  • Germán Gomez Eslava
  • Gilles Lecuir
  • Gillian Dick
  • Gil Penha-Lopes
  • Gitonga Isaiah
  • Gitty Korsuize
  • Giulia Sonetti
  • Glen Hyman
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Glenn Stewart
  • Gloria Aponte
  • Graciela Arosemena
  • Graham Rook
  • Guilherme Castagna
  • Guilherme Sequeira Braga
  • Hans Müller
  • Harini Nagendra
  • Haripriya Gundimeda
  • Hastings Chikoko
  • Hayato Hasegawa
  • Hayley Leck
  • Heather McMillen
  • Heather Rumble
  • Heeyoung Park
  • Helga Fassbinder
  • Henk Ovink
  • Henriette Steiner
  • Henrik von Wehrden
  • Henrik Waldenström
  • Henrique Mercer
  • Henry Booth
  • Herbert Dreiseitl
  • Hilary Inwood
  • Hita Unnikrishnan
  • Hopeland P
  • Cheng-Luen Hsueh
  • Huda Shaka
  • Hugh Johnson
  • Ian Douglas
  • Ian MacGregor-Fors
  • Ibrahim Wallee
  • Idah Mbengo
  • Illène Pevec
  • Ingo Kowarik
  • Ingrid Coetzee
  • Innisfree McKinnon
  • Ioana Biris
  • Irene Guida
  • Isaac Mugumbule
  • Isabelle Anguelovski
  • Ivan Gajos
  • Iván Greco
  • Iwona Zwierzchowska
  • Jack Maher
  • Jack Travis
  • Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte
  • Jaime Jackson
  • Jake Nussbaum
  • Jala Makhzoumi
  • James Connolly
  • James Duncan
  • James Fitzsimons
  • James Steenberg
  • Jamie Saunders
  • Jan-Michael Archer
  • Jana Söderlund
  • Jane Battersby
  • Jane Houghton
  • Janeil Engelstad
  • Jane Ingram Allen
  • Janet Dyment
  • Jane Toner
  • Janice Astbury
  • Janina Kowalski
  • Jaroslav Mysiak
  • Jason King
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  • Ferus Niyomwungeri
  • Jeff Hou
  • Jenga Mwendo
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  • Jennifer Dowdell
  • Jennifer Monson
  • Jennifer Rae Pierce
  • Jennifer Sánchez
  • Jessica Kavonic
  • Jimena Martignoni
  • Jim Labbe
  • Joan Nassauer
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  • JoAnn Kuchera-Morin
  • Joe Magee
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  • Joe Hurley
  • Joe Lobko
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  • Johan Colding
  • Johan Enqvist
  • Johan Gielis
  • Johannes Langemeyer
  • John Bell
  • John Boon
  • John Hartig
  • John Hyatt
  • John Kostyack
  • John Marzluff
  • Jonathan Cha
  • Jonathan Craik
  • Jonathan Halfon
  • Jonathan Kingsley
  • Jonathan Stenvall
  • Jonce Walker
  • Joost Gerretschen
  • José Alaniz
  • José Alexandre de Jesus Costa
  • Jose Luis Hryckovian
  • Josephine Clark
  • Joseph McCarthy
  • Joseph Rabie
  • Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
  • Josh Lewis
  • Joshua Burch
  • Josué Corrales
  • Joyce Garvey
  • Joy Clancy
  • Juana Mariño
  • Juan Azcarate
  • Juan Carlos Arroyo
  • Juan de Dios Morales
  • Judy Bush
  • Judy Li
  • Jürgen Breuste
  • Julian Agyeman
  • Juliana Montoya
  • Juliana Landolfi de Carvalho
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  • Julia Stern
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  • Julie Goodness
  • Julie Santos
  • Justin Podur
  • Kai Reschke
  • Kaitlin Lovell
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  • Karen Houle
  • Karen Miller
  • Karenne Tun
  • Karen Seto
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  • Kimberly Snyder
  • Kirby Manià
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  • Lloyd Godman
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  • Maud Bernard-Verdier
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  • November, 2023

    28 November 2023

    A group of people standing around plants
    Plant-human Relations: How Can Art Foster Positive Perceptions of Weeds in Cities?
    Christopher Kennedy, New York

    In early September 2019, a plant known as Jimson weed (Datura stramonium) was considered one of the top threats to public safety in New York City. Although fairly common in the region, a Tweet from Adrian Benepe, the former commissioner of NYC Parks & Recreation went viral after he found...

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    26 November 2023

    Plaidoyer for Transdisciplinarity, Local Agency, and Creative Co-Creation in Horizon Europe and the New European Bauhaus
    Mariana Dias Baptista, Sheffield Nathalie Blanc, Paris Carmen Bouyer, Paris Paul Currie, Cape Town Małgorzata Ćwikła, Freiburg Marta Delas, Madrid Marthe Derkzen, Arnhem/Nijmegen Tom Grey, Dublin Gitty Korsuize, Utrecht Patrick M. Lydon, Daejeon Geovana Mercado, Malmö Pascal Moret, Paris Peter Morgan-Wells, Devon Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie Daniela Rizzi, Freiburg Mary Rowe, Toronto Sean Southey, New York Chantal van Ham, Brussels Tom Wild, Sheffield Dimitra Xidous, Dublin

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    20 November 2023

    An aerial view of a marshy area
    A Disappearing Lake in Three Parts
    Wendy Wischer, Salt Lake City

    Part I: Falling in Love Part II: A Broken Heart Part III: Finding Joy in the Smallest of Things This is a collection of stories about a disappearing lake. The Great Salt Lake. It is told in three parts through poems, prose, and multi-media artwork. These first excerpts are from...

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    15 November 2023

    A green land with a body of water
    Nature-based Solutions Are Gaining Momentum in Brazilian Cities
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    After more than 15 years of teaching, researching, consulting, and advocating for nature-based solutions (NBS) in Brazil, it’s really fulfilling to see NbS becoming nationally recognized and adopted in several Brazilian cities. In this essay, I present my view of the process that led to this moment. It has had...

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    7 November 2023

    A rocky beach with a building in the background
    Steady Friction Between Nature-based and Engineered Solutions for Urban Coastal Flood Adaptation
    Zbigniew Grabowski, Hartford Laura Costadone, Norfolk Erich Wolff, Singapore Mariana Hernández, Sacramento Yuliya Dzyuban, Singapore Marthe Derkzen, Arnhem/Nijmegen Loan Diep, New York City

    A view from the joint meeting of the San Juan ULTRA and the NATURA Early Career Network 1. Nature-based Solutions in the Context of San Juan, Puerto Rico On a sunny day in San Juan, Puerto Rico, life is good. Along the beaches, crabs scuttle in the riprap next to...

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    October, 2023

    30 October 2023

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    Discovering Stewardship Through Play: Using Applied Theater Techniques for Environmental Education
    Ania Upstill, New York

    Human impacts on the environment are no joke, and climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. So, Environmental Education (EE) is serious business. Given the context, it is understandable that EE is usually communicated to adults through serious methods of communication such as lectures, information sessions, and...

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    23 October 2023

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    Tel Aviv Was Tartan Before It Was White: An Analysis of Patrick Geddes’s 1925 Town Plan
    Joseph Rabie, Montreuil

    The White City. Thus, Tel Aviv refers to itself, taking its cue from the many buildings built in the International Style in the 1930s by the avant-garde architects who had studied in Europe or come to Palestine to escape Nazi Germany. Some had studied at the Bauhaus, and the term...

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    16 October 2023

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    When You Sing You Want Noise and Bright Lights? Singing Behavior of Urban Frogs
    Ana-Cecilia Gutiérrez-Vannucchi, San Jose Luis Sandoval, San José

    Obstacles in nature are quite variable. Some are easy to observe: for example, a tree in the middle of an open area, a rock in the middle of a trail, or a lake in the forest. Others are not that easy to spot or identify as an obstacle. For example,...

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    9 October 2023

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    From Awareness to Action: Citizen Empowerment in Invasive Species Management
    Ana Pinheira, Guimarães

    Invasive species cause one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and ecosystems worldwide. Many species are introduced into environments different from their place of origin and can quickly proliferate, causing significant harm to the ecosystems, economy, and public health. Invasive species have the capacity to establish, reproduce, and spread uncontrollably,...

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    September, 2023

    25 September 2023

    A picture of a dead black butterfly surrounded by yellowed leaves on concrete
    Sistine Blue
    Andreas Weber, Berlin

    [*]I’m on my way home from an errand one early June evening. As I walk, I look down on the granite-slabbed sidewalk. At its margin, a row of slender catsears raise their yellow heads towards the fading sky. They look a bit like skinny dandelions (who they are related to),...

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    17 September 2023

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    The City: Binding an Unbound Space
    Arvind Lakshmisha, Bangalore Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

    “…they do not belong to our neighbourhood and are located outside the administrative jurisdiction of Bangalore; hence we do not work on those lakes…” This was the comment made by a representative belonging to a prominent lake conservation group in the city, presenting a focused definition of a city as...

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    11 September 2023

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    Green Urban Planning ― Along With the Idea of Objective Truth ― Is Losing the PR Fight
    Rob McDonald, Basel

    A core tenant of the environmental movement is under attack. Planning, and particularly the rational planning model, is seen as something suspect, an enemy of the people. The whole idea of rational, technocratic planning to achieve social goals is being rejected by some, as an elitist pursuit that must be...

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    5 September 2023

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    Redefining Urban Nature for a Carbon-Negative City
    Sarah Hinners, Salt Lake City

    I frequently ask students, colleagues, practitioners, and fellow ecologists to consider how a city can become more like a forest. I started to do this in 2019 when I (perhaps belatedly!) came to understand that just reducing our carbon emissions ― even to neutral ― is not enough to prevent...

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    August, 2023

    29 August 2023

    A digital model of greenspaces amongst buildings and concrete walkways
    Designing Urban Green Spaces for Health and Well-being
    Marthe Derkzen, Arnhem/Nijmegen Takemi Sugiyama, Melbourne Agnès Patuano, Wageningen John Boon, Amsterdam Andrea Ramírez-Agudelo, Bonn Arthur Feinberg, Rotterdam

    How can we design urban green spaces that support health and well-being? What are the roles played by users, practitioners, and researchers? These questions guided our virtual seed session “Designing urban green spaces for health and well-being” during the TNOC Festival 2022. Fifteen participants shared their experience as a user...

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    22 August 2023

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    The Importance of a Shared Definition to Achieve Biodiversity
    Meredith Dobbie, Victoria

    Biodiversity is receiving much attention at the moment, not least among landscape architects in Australia. In 2018, David Maddox on this website posed the following provocation: “Landscape architects are the practitioners of biodiversity’s meaning through their acts of shaping nature into ‘spaces’. They have their hands on definitions of biodiversity...

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    7 August 2023

    Mumbai’s Obsession With Hardscape Infrastructure Will Sink Her
    Samarth Das, Mumbai

    There is no dearth of global reports discussing the impacts of global warming and its direct impact on sea level rise, rising temperatures in cities, and irregular and extreme weather events such as cyclones and rainfall combined with severe water shortage and drought. These events are no longer what can...

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    2 August 2023

    Shade: The Introduction to SPROUT Eco-Poetry Journal Issue 3
    Kirby Manià, Vancouver Dimitra Xidous, Dublin

    For SPROUT’s third issue, the editors were inspired by The Nature of Cities’ (TNOC) recent art exhibition, Shade, and invited contributors to draw on the exhibition’s virtual installation as a conceptual springboard to contemplate the theme of shade through a poetic lens. We asked poets to reflect on the role...

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    July, 2023

    31 July 2023

    Story. Telling. If you had a project from science or practice and wanted to make it a better story — one that could reach into new audiences — what would you do?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town Lindsay Campbell, New York Marcus Collier, Dublin Paul Currie, Cape Town Bram Gunther, New York Madhusudan Katti, Raleigh Claudia Misteli, Barcelona Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie Ania Upstill, New York Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, Paris Ibrahim Wallee, Accra Skylar R. Bayer, Anchorage Priya Shukla, Davis Bethann Garramon Merkle, Laramie Evelyn Valdez-Ward, Kingston Nic Bennett, Austin Tim Lüschen, Berlin Daniela Rizzi, Freiburg Alice Reil, Munich Sarah Ema Friedland, New York City Paul Mahony, Manchester Tommy Cheemou Yang, New York City David Bunn, Vancouver

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    17 July 2023

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    A New Tree Ethic: What If Trees Really Mattered?
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    Several weeks ago, I was startled when taking a typical morning walk to find that a large and majestic white oak tree had been cut down and lay in the front of a neighbor’s yard. It was a shocking and sad sight, a tree I had admired almost daily, reduced...

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    June, 2023

    26 June 2023

    Two maps of a city showing temperature through cool or warm coolers
    Urban Parks During Heat and Drought Conditions: A Case Study in Leipzig, Germany during the 2018 and 2019 Heat Periods
    Roland Krämer, Leipzig Nadja Kabisch, Hannover

    Assessing the cooling function of urban parks under heat and drought conditions Thanks to the cooling function of the vegetation, urban parks offer cool, pleasant places in cities during hot summer days. Urban parks are also places for recreation and social interaction. In parks, people go jogging or cycling, meet...

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