Every month we feature a Roundtable in which a group responds to a specific question on The Nature of Cities. Check out the responses and join the conversation.
21 March 2022Can we enable better decision-making when it comes to urban plant selection and preparation? Does urban ecology and the horticulture industry need to be better engaged with each other?
25 August 2021Innovations from the Post-COVID-19 City CoLab Challenge
30 April 2021What actions are successful in activating cities to implement urban biodiversity conservation policies, campaigns, and projects?
20 November 2020We Need an Ethical Code for Water
30 September 2020What’s Next? Learning From Nature During Lockdown
1 June 2020What is the status and outlook for forested natural areas in your city? What actions are needed to help them thrive?
3 May 2020Covid 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”?
30 November 2019National Park City: What if your city were a National Park City, analogous to what London created? What it would be like? What would it take to accomplish?
31 October 2019Why are we doing walking tours in African cities? To help us see and engage with small scale urbanism and urban tinkering.
11 October 2019How is the concept of “stewardship” and “care for local environments” expressed around the world?
30 August 2019The spirit of Dada welcomes you to TNOC Summit: What is the nature of the city of our dreams?
28 June 2019What 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?
28 February 2019What I mean when I talk about collaboration. What is a specific experience collaborating on a project with someone from a different discipline or “way of knowing”?
29 January 2019What did you read in 2018 that moved you?
27 November 2018Our goal is to empower cities to plan for a positive natural future. What is one specific action that should be taken to achieve this goal?
5 October 2018As a landscape architect, how do you interpret the word “biodiversity”? How does this meaning find expression in your design?
14 July 2018Artists in Conversation with Water in Cities
30 April 2018An 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…
20 February 2018Smart cities are coming. Can they be as much about nature, health, and wellbeing as traffic flows, crime detection, and evermore efficient provision of utilities?
21 December 2017Read This! For Every Continent, Must-Read and Continent-Specific Books About Cities
13 November 2017Let go of some urban domestication: How would you convince the mayor to re-wild the city?
11 October 2017Artists in Conversation with Air in Cities
18 September 2017Ecosystems for everyone: Who should have access to the myriad benefits of ecosystem services and urban nature? Everyone. Does everyone? No. How will we achieve this moral imperative?
16 August 2017Imagine an “ecological certification” for urban design. What are such a certification’s key elements?
30 June 2017Are cities ecosystems—analogous to natural ones—of nature, infrastructure and people? Does thinking about cities in this way help us think about urban design?
8 May 2017To whom does a city’s nature belong? Is it a common pool resource, or a public good? And who decides?
27 March 2017What are we trying to accomplish with biophilic cities? What are ambitious goals and targets, and measures of success?
24 January 2017You say po-TAY-to. What ecologists and landscape architects don’t get about each other, but ought to.
14 December 2016Read this! 90 recommendations for the one book about (or relevant to) cities that everyone should read
6 November 2016Resilience isn’t only about infrastructure. How can we better support community-based environmental stewardship in readiness, response, and recovery from disturbance?
11 October 2016Habitat III is finally a reality. From your perspective, what would be the single most important tangible outcome (not output) of the event—short or long term—and what will it take to achieve this outcome?
25 September 2016How can we make urban nature and its value more apparent, more “visible” to people?
14 August 2016What are the unifying elements of an urban ecology of the Global South and geographic south? Are they different than those in the north?
30 June 2016Urban agriculture has many benefits. Is one of them a contribution to urban sustainability?
28 May 2016Common threads: connections among the ideas of Jane Jacobs and Elinor Ostrom, and their relevance to urban socio-ecology
30 April 2016Visions of resilience: Eighteen artists say or show something in response to the word “resilience”
23 March 2016Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities?
5 March 2016Landscape initiatives are in operation or in development in many parts of the world. What is key to making them work and be useful? How are they good for cities?
20 January 2016Can cities save bees? How can urban habitats be made to serve pollinator conservation? How can that story be better told?
8 December 2015An explicitly urban Sustainable Development Goal has been adopted by the UN (#11). Now what? Where could it go wrong?
5 November 2015Green Form and Function versus Green Nativism: In changing urban spaces full of novel ecosystems and natural assemblages, is native purity a viable option?
29 September 2015What is the insurance value of urban ecosystems and their services?
12 August 2015Why don’t all public buildings have green roofs? Or all large private buildings (e.g. businesses)? Would this be a good idea? What would it take to make it happen and to make it worthwhile?
30 June 201510 scientists and 10 practitioners walk into a bar…what would they talk about? How can research and knowledge generation be co-created to better support practitioners and evidence-based decision making?
19 May 2015Taking “resilience” out of the realm of metaphor. How do you measure resilience in cities? How would you know if your city or your community was resilient?
21 April 2015Imaging the urban wild: Fourteen photographers and artists show and talk about their work
17 March 2015Daylighting and restoring urban streams, ponds and wetlands can provide huge ecological and social benefits. Are such restorations “worth it”? What are the pitfalls? How can we demonstrate these benefits and elevate them in the public discourse so that urban wetlands become urban planning priorities?
31 January 2015Is there such a thing as a “bird friendly city”? What does it look like? What does it not look like? Why bother?
6 January 2015Urban water fronts have typically been sites of heavy development and often are sites of pollution or exclusive access. But they have enormous potential benefits. How can we unlock these benefits for everyone? Are there ecological vs. social vs. economic tradeoffs?
4 December 2014How can different ways of knowing—and of producing knowledge—be useful for understanding and managing urban ecosystems?
2 November 2014How can art (in all its forms), exhibits, installations and provocations be a better catalyst to raise awareness, support and momentum for urban nature and green spaces?
5 October 2014Do urban green corridors “work”? It depends on what we want them to do. What ecological and/or social functions can we realistically expect green corridors to perform in cities? What attributes define them, from a design and performance perspective?
7 September 2014What is the meaning and role of the “sacred” in the design and management of urban green space and the building of cities that are both green and livable?
7 July 2014How much should we worry about exotic species in urban zones? How do we reduce damage from exotic invasives when management resources are limited? Are there conflicts between management or eradication efforts and building general support for urban biodiversity?
9 June 2014Environmental education in cities focuses on youth and community development, restoring ecosystems, building green infrastructure, and more. But is urban environmental education really anything new? What should its goals and practices look like?
12 May 2014A Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Cities and Human Settlements is competing for a place among the final United Nations SDGs that will be approved in 2014. If there were an explicitly Urban SDG, what would it look like? What should it say?
7 April 2014The sky is the limit for urban agriculture. Or is it? What can cities hope to get from community gardens and urban agriculture?
3 March 2014Many believe that better information on the monetary value of ecosystem services is critical for getting cities to adopt more green infrastructure solutions to issues such as storm water management, heat island, storm surge, etc. True? What are the key knowledge gaps for convincing cities to invest in ecosystems services?
3 February 2014What are the social justice implications of urban ecology, and how can we make sure that “green cities” are not synonymous with “gentrified” or “exclusive” cities?
6 January 2014Should programs in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture require a certain minimum level of learning about the fundamentals of ecology? Why?