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A Hymn for Architecture that is Good for People and Neighborhoods, not Just Buildings
Samarth Das, Mumbai

A review of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone by John Cary. 2017. 275 pages. ISBN 13: 978-1-61091-793-3 / ISBN 10: 1-61091-793-6. Island Press, Washington. Buy...

Preserving Urban Nature, No Silver Bullets
Mike Houck, Portland

There is seldom a “silver bullet”, single pathway to success when it comes to protecting urban greenspaces. Multiple strategies, often modified, sometimes abandoned, are typically...

Urbanism as a Creator of Value—but is it Sustainable?
Fadi Hamdan, Beirut

There is unanimous agreement that the 21st Century is the century of urbanism. In 2016, an estimated 54.5 percent of the world’s population lived in...

Blandscaping that Erases Local Ecological Diversity
Stuart Connop, London Caroline Nash, London

Ecological gentrification (Dooling, 2009) is a negative social process in which ecological improvements to neighbourhoods lead to gentrification and displacement of the neighbourhood’s original inhabitants....

Reflecting on Two Years Walking in Asia
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

My eyes fall on the big tree in the far side of the courtyard. It casts a spell on me. Its leafless branches twist toward...

City Living from Baku to Batumi
Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

Walking gives us a slow and intimate way to notice the subtle similarities and differences between cities. We consciously and sub-consciously collect details and compare...

Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2017
David Maddox, New York City

Today’s post celebrates highlights from TNOC writing in 2017. These contributions, originating around the world, were widely read, offer novel points of view, are somehow disruptive...

Half-Earth Cities
Paul Downton, Melbourne

In Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, published in 2016, E. O. Wilson made a reasoned and impassioned call for making our human future fit...

Read This! For Every Continent, Must-Read and Continent-Specific Books About Cities
David Maddox, New York City


Shifting the Paradigm: Art and Ecology Unite!
Toby Query, Portland

The world’s ecosystems are rapidly changing, and urban natural areas are often the first to exhibit these changes. The urban heat island effect and increased...

Can Smart Cities be Smart Green Cities? We’ll See
Gary Grant, London

As yet, there are no smart cities. I read of plenty of people and organisations working hard to create them. However, so far, we have...

Dubai – Arid Lands Innovator
Peter Schoonmaker, Portland

We step off the plane at Dubai International Airport—the third busiest in the world—and the surroundings are familiar: faux granite, glass, stainless steel, arrival/departure screens,...