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  • April 16, 2017

    Challenges of Transitioning to Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in the Amazon Delta and Estuary
    Andressa Mansur, Cádiz
    Eduardo Brondizio, Bloomington

    As paradoxical as it may seem, the Amazon region is considered not only an “urban forest”, but also a region with one of the most rapid rates of urban population growth in Brazil. Within the region, the Amazon Delta and...

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    January 18, 2017

    Linear Parks: The Importance of a Balanced, Cross-Disciplinary Design
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Claudia Zuleyka Vidal, Cali
    Florencia Gustelar, Buenos Aires
    Romina Lopez, Buenos Aires

    In a previous contribution to The Nature of Cities (Faggi & Vidal 2016), we wrote about linear parks (LPs) as an interesting green space typology and discussed some strengths and threats of these multifunctional areas in Latin America. Other contributions...

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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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    October 17, 2016

    Georgetown, Guyana—the Birding World’s Best Kept Secret?
    Melinda Janki, Georgetown, Guyana

    Georgetown, Guyana, is one of the world’s smallest capital cities, a mere six mi.2 according to its official boundaries. The Dutch laid out this city, perched on the northern Atlantic coast of South America, in the 18th century; the British...

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    July 12, 2016

    The Forgotten Rurality: The Case for Participatory Management in Bogotá and its Surrounding Countryside
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota

    En español aquí. We often think of the city and the country as separate, and that development planning and urban sustainability ends at the city boundary. But this isn’t true—in a planning and sustainability sense, the city and the surrounding rural...

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    May 12, 2016

    Changing Climate and Changing Cities: If You “Dress” Urban Planning Differently, You May be Able to Cope
    Paula Villagra, Valdivia
    Álvaro González Reyes, Valdivia

    We live in the city of Valdivia, located in southern Chile (40° S), known in the country for its good quality of life, high biodiversity (particularly the Valdivian temperate rain forest) and a high annual rainfall (2m average). This last...

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    May 9, 2016

    Case Studies from Colombia that are Valuable Across South America
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires

    A review of Naturaleza Urbana. plataforma de experiencias, edited by María Angélica Mejía. 2016. ISBN 978-958-8889-69-6. Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt, Bogotá. 208 pages. The Spanish version of the book can be downloaded here. An English version will...

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    April 14, 2016

    Linear Parks: Meeting People’s Everyday Needs for Secure Recreation, Commuting, and Access to Nature
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Claudia Zuleyka Vidal, Cali

    In previous contributions to The Nature of Cities (for example, Das (2015); Tsur (2014)), some authors have reported successful experiences or projects of linear open spaces providing green access to more people across neighborhoods or adapting old infrastructure to modern...

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    March 22, 2016

    People Working for Nature in Cities: the Invisible Revolution
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    In the Third Millennium, we live in a globalized urban world, where loss of local culture and deep social segregation are happening. Climate is changing faster than predicted, hitting cities and people hard: climate-related floods, landslides, droughts, heat waves, traffic...

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    February 2, 2016

    The Elephant in the Room: Amazonian Cities Deserve More Attention in Climate Change and Sustainability Discussions
    Eduardo Brondizio, Bloomington

    Justifiably, the Amazon region has been at the center of climate change discussions and negotiations since the late 1980s. It is not difficult to explain ‘justifiably’ when one is referring to a region of continental proportions, with unparalleled biological and...

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    January 24, 2016

    Values that Underlie the Landscape of Cities—Those that DO and those that SHOULD
    Gloria Aponte, Medellín

    Para leer la versión en español, haga clic aquí. Coexistence between nature and urban is not a matter of experts but a matter directly related to the “civic values.” —De las Rivas What is the shape and formal composition given by...

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    December 29, 2015

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities in 2015
    David Maddox, New York City

    Today’s post is offered as a celebration of some of the content from 2015—a taste…a combination of TNOC writing from around the world that is a combination of diverse, widely read, a novel point of view, or somehow disruptive in an...

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    December 13, 2015

    Increasing the Native Plants of Colombian Cities
    Mateo Hernández, Bogotá

    I remember when I was a child growing up in Bogotá, the capital and largest city of Colombia, located in the cool, high-altitude environment of the Andean mountain range. Street and park trees were almost all of a few widely...

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    November 29, 2015

    Democratizing Sustainability Conversations to Create Resilience from the Soul
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota

    (Una versión en español sigue inmediatamente después.) “We must remember that what we observe isn’t nature itself, but rather nature exposed to our method of questioning and perceiving.” —Werner Heisenberg In order to talk about sustainability on an urban level,...

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    October 23, 2015

    Justice that Serves People, Not Institutions
    Mirna Goransky, Buenos Aires

    The purpose of this essay is to share some considerations about the meaning of “just City” from the perspective of a lawyer dedicated to the reform of justice administration and, in particular, to the design of systems that promote, encourage...

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    October 22, 2015

    A City That Is Blue, Green and Just All Over
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    Since humans settled about 10,000 years ago, we have significantly altered and explored the landscape to create the civilization we now have. The landscape has been a source of material and non-material resources, feeding us in all senses. Ecologically rich...

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    October 20, 2015

    A Just City is Inconceivable without a Just Society
    Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Rio de Janeiro

    Once upon a time the city was called the “marvelous” one: Rio de Janeiro, cidade maravilhosa. Rio was the birthplace of samba, chorinho and bossa nova; internationally famous for supposedly being a city of fun and carnival 365 days a...

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    July 12, 2015

    Landscape, Cities, and the Pope: a Shift for a Better Future?
    Cecilia Herzog, Rio de Janeiro

    I believe that urban landscape matters! The landscape in which one grows up, matures, and lives life may be the essential factor in determining the behavior towards and empathy with nature and with other people and their cultures. The landscape...

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    June 21, 2015

    How Can Local Design Impact Large Infrastructure Plans and Projects?
    Anna Dietzsch, São Paulo

    “Quem é rico anda em burrico Quem é pobre anda a pé Mas o pobre vê na estrada O orvalho beijando as frô… …Vai oiando as coisa a grané Coisas que prá modo de vê O cristão tem que andá...

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    March 9, 2015

    Why Do People Use Parks and Plazas in Buenos Aires?
    Jonathan Craik, London
    Ana Faggi, Buenos Aires
    Sebastian Miguel, Buenos Aires
    Leslie Vorraber, Buenos Aires

    Parks have been significant sources of open space in urban history, ranging from private, even sacred spaces to fully public spaces serving as central points of social interaction and recreation (Stanley et al. 2012). On any given day, many thousands...

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