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  • May 7, 2017

    Eight Machinic Scenes in Hamasen, Taiwan
    Brian McGrath, New York City
    Cheng-Luen Hsueh, Tainan

    In this post, we report on a recent design workshop at National Cheng Kung University, or NCKU, in Tainan, Taiwan, a continuation a series of of intensive practicums held at undergraduate schools of architecture in successive locations internationally since 2008....

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    April 23, 2017

    The Nature of Universities and Sustainability
    Lorenzo Chelleri, Barcelona
    Giulia Sonetti, Turin

    Through their educational and experimental roles in society, universities can play a unique and vital role in cities’ transitions to sustainability. Although life itself is a learning process and education can happen anywhere, from the streets to virtual places, the...

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    March 29, 2017

    The Models are not Prescriptions—Applying Green Roof Technology in New Places
    Andrew Clements, Corinth

    Greek green roofs—Oikosteges, or OS for short—were born when I discovered that the existing conventional Northern and Central European green roofing systems could not be applied to our situation because they had been designed for the climate and building situations...

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    February 22, 2017

    How Do We Get the Private Sector to “Walk the Walk” on the SDG for Cities?
    Buyana Kareem, Kampala

    If you have been following the global, regional, and local-level conversations about the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) and their implementation—for example, UN’s Habitat III meeting, held in Quito, Ecuador—you have probably heard of or participated in providing clarity on...

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    February 8, 2017

    Environmental Education Generates Urban Sustainability
    Alex Russ, Ithaca
    Marianne Krasny, Ithaca

    Can environmental education in cities foster urban sustainability? Yes—according to 90 scholars from six continents who contributed to a forthcoming book called Urban Environmental Education Review (Russ and Krasny, eds, 2017). Three themes—participation of urban residents in planning and environmental...

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    January 15, 2017

    Celebrating the First Ecology Parks in London
    David Goode, Bath

    In November 2016 there was a celebration in London: it had been 40 years since the idea of creating an Ecology Park in central London was first suggested. The event provided opportunities to share memories of those early days and...

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    January 2, 2017

    Civic Ecology: A Book that Inspires and Guides Teaching
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town

    A review of Civic Ecology, Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up, by Marianne E. Krasny and Keith G. Tidball. 2015. ISBN: 9780262028653. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 328 pages. Buy the book. Krasny and Tidball’s Civic Ecology is a book that...

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    December 28, 2016

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2016
    David Maddox, New York City

    Today’s post celebrates highlights from TNOC writing in 2016. These contributions, originating around the world, were widely read, offer novel points of view, are somehow disruptive in a useful way, or combine these characteristics. Certainly, all 550+ TNOC essays and roundtables are...

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    November 14, 2016

    Tim Ingold’s “Sustainability of Everything”
    Chris Fremantle, Ayrshire, Scotland

    A review of Tim Ingold‘s lecture event “The Sustainability of Everything” at the Centre for Human Ecology, Pearce Institute, Glasgow, Scotland Sustainability is an overused word. It is much diminished by its occurrence in too many documents purporting to suggest...

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    October 12, 2016

    Making Connections and Feeding Relationships: Reflections from a Biocultural Axiom of Aloha
    Heather McMillen, Honolulu & New York City

    What if urban resource management and conservation reflected not just the politics and science of the day, but were rooted in creation stories, place-name stories, and personal stories about the relationships people have with place? This kind of thinking is...

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    October 2, 2016

    Closing the Gap Between Girls’ Education and Women in the Workforce
    Jennifer Baljko, Barcelona

    Nilofar* leans over to pour us more tea. All conversations in Central Asia seem to start with tea. She is asking questions about our trip, wondering why we are walking from Bangkok to Barcelona. She wants to know if we...

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    September 26, 2016

    Urban Wildlife—Celebrating the Commonplace
    Mike Houck, Portland

    A review of Field Guide to Urban Wildlife: Common Animals of Cities & Suburbs How They Adapt & Thrive by Julie Feinstein. 2011. Stackpole Books. ISBN978-0-8117-0585-1. 453 pages. Buy the book. While it may have set a Guiness record for longest...

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    September 1, 2016

    Torpor and Awakening
    Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti, Vancouver

    I am from a family with Indigenous Latin American and German ancestry. I have been to many different countries and lived in different places. I believe this is partly because the Indigenous tradition my family comes from is nomadic. They...

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    August 28, 2016

    Formes pour vivre: An Experiment in Ecological-Environmental-Scientific Poetics
    Karen Houle, Guelph

    In this short essay my aim is modest and two-fold. First, I would like to share with you a story about an experiment in ecological-environmental-scientific-poetics that worked out beautifully. It worked so well that I believe it is worth sharing. Second,...

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    August 15, 2016

    Better Places Add Up to Better Cities
    Traci Sooter, Springfield

    A review of Good Urbanism: Six Steps to Creating Prosperous Places by Nan Ellin. 2012.  Island Press. ISBN 13: 978-1-61091-374-4. 141 pages. Buy the book. Many people have a desire to improve spaces in their cities and neighborhoods, but most don’t know where to...

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    August 14, 2016

    Citizen Science Facilitates Both Science and Engagement
    Laura Booth, San Francisco

    When I pulled up in my friend’s truck to the tunnel entrance to the Marin Headlands, part of San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, I entered what appeared to be a fine mist of white plant fluff. I turned off...

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    July 3, 2016

    Accessing Urban Environmental Education Opportunities Via Green Infrastructure
    Laura Cole, Columbia, MO
    Timon McPhearson, New York
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro
    Alex Russ, Ithaca

    The term “sustainable city” evokes images of green roofs, energy-efficient buildings, bioswales, bike lanes, urban forests, and other types of green infrastructure. These urban features clearly have value for ecosystem and human health, but they also have great educational potential....

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    June 16, 2016

    Leveraging Environmental Arts for Education and Sustainable Futures
    Hilary Inwood, Toronto
    Joe Heimlich, Columbus
    Kumara Ward, Sydney
    Jennifer Adams, New York City

    Cities around the world are using the arts to enhance urban aesthetic experiences and motivate innovative environmental activism. Manifesting as flash mobs, immersive street theatre, bike parades, pop-up installations, zero-carbon concerts, and participatory storytelling, artists are using their creativity and...

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    June 14, 2016

    Intergenerational Urban Environmental Education
    Shih-Tsen Nike Liu, Taichung City
    Matthew Kaplan, University Park, PA

    In 1977, the Tbilisi intergovernmental conference on environmental education endorsed a set of guiding principles for environmental education. Some principles, including considering the environment in its totality, viewing environmental learning as a continuous lifelong process, and taking a historical perspective...

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    June 12, 2016

    Positive Youth Development in Urban Environmental Education
    Tania Schusler, Chicago
    Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte, New York City
    Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Gold Coast, AU

    Environmental education is often associated with environmental learning and pro-environmental behaviors. Some approaches to environmental education, however, also enable young people’s personal growth through the development of confidence, self-efficacy, and other assets that support an individual’s well-being. This chapter explores...

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