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  • March, 2021

    7 March 2021

    Including Diverse Voices in Adaptation Planning
    Marthe Derkzen, Arnhem/Nijmegen Timon McPhearson, New York Huda Shaka, Jeddah Marion Lacourt, Paris Frida Larios, Antiguo Cuzcatlán, Copán, and Washington

    This contribution is the result of a thought-collecting Seed Session during the TNOC Summit in Paris, held on June 5, 2019. Pitches, group breakouts, and a facilitated discussion addressed the question: Including diverse voices in adaptation planning, how do we make it happen? Two illustrators, Frida Larios and Marion Lacourt,...

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    2 March 2021

    Making Spaces for Edible Gardens in Compact Cities: the Taipei Case
    Wan-Yu Shih, Taipei Che-Wei Liu, Taipei

    Edible urban gardens have gained increasing popularity in the Global North within the narrative of nature-based solutions for cities and as parts of urban green infrastructure, which reintroduce greenspaces and associated functions into built environments, with the aspiration of leading to a socially and ecologically more sustainable city. Amid the...

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    January, 2021

    31 January 2021

    Stories of the Nature of Cities 1/2 Hour—Episode 4: Oasis
    David Maddox, New York

    Episode 4: Oasis “Happy Hour at the Green Man” by Kate Wing, read by Lucy Symons A small bar in the middle of the city has a portal to an ancient ghost forest.  “Where Grass Grows Greener” by Jenni Juvonen, read by Nora Achrati The narrator explores a forest and meets a...

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    31 January 2021

    Green Recovery’s Missing Piece: Engagement with Future World Leaders!
    Vishisht Singhal, Delhi

    This essay advocates for a unique “Youth Empowerment Based Green Recovery Programme” to be developed and adapted by governments to enhance long-term societal resilience. As we have collectively moved towards unlocking the lockdowns and quarantines that had been in effect since March 2020, the world’s attention has been gripped in...

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    23 January 2021

    Highlights from The Nature of Cities 2020
    David Maddox, New York

    Today’s post celebrates some of the highlights from TNOC writing in 2020. These contributions—originating around the world—were one or more of widely read, offering novel points of view, and/or somehow disruptive in a useful way. All 1000+ TNOC essays and roundtables are worthwhile reads, of course, but what follows will give you a...

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    18 January 2021

    The LEAF: Episode 4. Show and Tells from Urban Arts Collective Members
    Bibi Calderaro, New York Nicolas Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo, New York Ursula Heise, Los Angeles

    Explore with us diverse and connecting threads in urban ecological arts. In the LEAF, three FRIEC Urban Arts Collective members share something from their ideas and work for 10 minutes each, followed by Q&A. Theme: Stories that have not been told. Presenters: Bibi Calderaro, New York Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful...

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    13 January 2021

    Building Practitioner Networks to Better Support Kenyan Frontline Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis: Some Learnings and Reflections
    Shillah Mwaniga, Nairobi Gitonga Isaiah, Maynooth Manasi Kumar, Nairobi

    As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates and the prevalence escalates, global health care systems become overwhelmed with patients who are either confirmed or suspected to be suffering from the disease (Chen et al., 2020). Frontline health care workers (HCWs) are required to work for long and irregular hours, with heavy workloads...

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    8 January 2021

    Antiracist Environmental Leadership in a Virtual World
    Cindy Thomashow, Seattle

    Our graduate students are figuring out how to best “immerse” themselves in city spaces while staying safe during the pandemic. Students find creative ways to both learn and practice while masked and distanced from community members. A positive outcome of being online is the ability to invite environmental activists and...

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    3 January 2021

    On Privilege as Choice
    Hita Unnikrishnan, Sheffield

    Two incidents stand out particularly from my memories as a young child. In the first one, I was perhaps 5 or 6 years old—at that age when we ran out of the housing colony and into the streets to play a game of hopscotch or whatever else took our fancy....

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    December, 2020

    22 December 2020

    What is One Tree Worth?
    Carly Ziter, Montreal

    Writing this during National Forest Week here in Canada, I’m reflecting (as I frequently do) on the urban forest. As a scientist, I often find myself collapsing the beautiful, multidimensional, urban forest into a few general measurements: stand density, canopy cover, biomass, etc. But as an urban resident, I cherish...

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    20 December 2020

    Quarantine Fatigue and the Power of Activating Public Lands as Social Infrastructure
    Lindsay Campbell, New York Erika Svendsen, New York Laura Landau, New York Michelle Johnson, New York City Sophie Plitt, New York

    This essay is part three in a series. Since 13 March 2020, our team of social science researchers has been keeping a collective journal of our experiences of our New York City neighborhoods and public spaces during COVID-19. Read the essays from spring and summer here. 1. Winter is coming:...

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    14 December 2020

    The Hills Save Us
    Diana Wiesner, Bogota

    En español. Citizenship is derived from city, and floristry from forest or jungle. Forest and human being live a socio-ecological pact in which the forest becomes a new citizen respected in its integrity, stability, and extraordinary beauty. Both benefits, as the utilitarian logic of exploitation is abandoned and the logic...

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    9 December 2020

    The LEAF Episode 3: Show and Tells from TNOC Urban Ecological Arts Collective Members
    Tim Collins, Glasgow Robin Lasser, Oakland Wendy Wischer, Salt Lake City

    Want to explore diverse and connecting threads in urban ecological arts? In the LEAF, three FRIEC Urban Arts Collective members share something from their ideas and work for 10 minutes each, followed by Q&A. Presenters: Tim Collins, Glasgow Robin Lasser, Oakland Wendy Wischer, Salt Lake City Wednesday 16 December, 9amPST / 12pmEST /...

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    8 December 2020

    Opportunity in Crisis: Ecojustice Education for Pandemic Resilience 
    Scott Kellogg, Albany

    At the beginning of the pandemic, there was widespread concern and uncertainty. How many people would get sick? How long would this last? Will I lose my home, my job? Will there be food shortages? There were also widespread shutdowns—schools, offices, restaurants, libraries, even the police were only responding to...

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    4 December 2020

    Ecosystems as a Framework for Urban Planning: Reconnecting. Rediscovering. Reinvigorating.
    Jennifer Dowdell, Baltimore

    If we peel back the layers of our urban infrastructure and examine the ecological patterns that originally formed the landscapes beneath our feet, we can shape more resilient cities through an interdisciplinary and inclusive urban design process based on the braided narratives of place: ecology, history, and culture. More than...

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    1 December 2020

    A Pattern Language for Urban Nature
    Paul Downton, Melbourne

    1 We are part of nature We are part of nature and we are interdependent with nature.   2 We think we can be separate from nature We cannot escape this interdependency. Even when we try, we are tied to living systems by umbilical cords of technology, constrained by natural...

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    November, 2020

    22 November 2020

    Why Would the Economy Need Biodiversity?
    Nadezhda Kiyatkina, Moscow

    And What Grassplots, Amur Leopard, and Mold Have in CommonWhat is biodiversity for? Some don’t need that question answered: you just adopt a philosopher’s perspective, and everything becomes clear—all living things have the right to dwell on the planet. For others, the question is confusing. Those trying to find a quantitative answer to...

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    21 November 2020

    The Challenges for Innovating in Green and Blue Infrastructure: The Case of an Innovative Drainage Approach in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
    Jose Puppim, São Paulo Carlos Rigolo, São Paulo Leon Rangel, São Paulo

    Green and blue infrastructure (GBI), a form of nature-based solutions (NBS), can provide huge benefits for cities, as GBIs are innovative ways to connect biodiversity and people. Besides the direct functions that the infrastructure provides (e.g. flood prevention or cooling effect), there is also a series of co-benefits that nature...

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    20 November 2020

    We Need an Ethical Code for Water
    Gloria Aponte, Medellín Katherine Berthon, Melbourne Carmen Bouyer, Paris Paul Currie, Cape Town PK Das, Mumbai Meredith Dobbie, Victoria Casey Furlong, Melbourne Andrew Grant, Bath Gary Grant, London Juliana Landolfi de Carvalho, Curitiba Tom Liptan, Portland Sareh Moosavi, Brussels Harini Nagendra, Bangalore Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City André Stephan, Brussels Peter Schoonmaker, Portland Naomi Tsur, Jerusalem Mario Yanez, Lisbon

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    18 November 2020

    Stories of the Nature of Cities 1/2 Hour. Episode 3—Generations of Climate Change
    Ari Honarvar, San Diego Michael Harris Cohen, Sofia Laura Shillington, Montreal

    Episode 3: Generations of Climate Change “A Child of the Oasis” by Ari Honavar, read by Nora AchratiA mother and daughter meet an undocumented refugee on their annual ride to the father’s Remembrance Wall. “Not Icarus” by Michael Harris Cohen, read by Dori LeggA grandmother defies social law by killing birds...

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