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Reconnecting People with Nature through Architecture and Design

May 5, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Putting Nature in View

Poorly conceived design divides us in urban areas from our wilds and has contributed to seeing nature as something isolated from us; this actually diminishes us. This post details how architecture and urban design can bring us back to nature, in schools, cities, workplaces and hospitals, with numerous benefits.[read more]

Weeding Cancer-Causing Chemicals Out of Landscape Maintenance

April 30, 2015 by The Global Grid

Urban Green Space Health

The World Health Organization recently declared that the herbicide glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. Monsanto Co.'s Round Up product's main ingredient is glyphosate. Many local administrations use the products to keep weeds down. They should now be phasing them out. Some already are.[read more]

A Spatial Overview of the Nature of Cities

April 23, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Cities, Nature, and Space

Cities fragment the landscape that they occupy. If that landscape was not already transformed by agriculture, the fragments may contain remnants of natural ecosystems. The sustainability of these relatively pristine ecosystems is dependent on their size, shape, and connectivity to one another.[read more]

Chinese Urban Green Areas: Classic Gardens to a Globalized Landscape

April 7, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Spaces in China

In October of last year, we had a wonderful opportunity to explore many different green areas of several Chinese cities. It was particularly interesting to see different types of greenery that reflects the development of planning structure in urban China.[read more]

Chronicling Britain's Urban Nature Movement

March 29, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

British Urban Green Spaces

The newest title in The New Naturalist Library, 'Nature in Towns and Cities' by Dr. David Goode, is true to the series’ dual goals of “recapturing the enquiring spirit of the old naturalists” and “maintaining a high standard of accuracy in presenting the results of modern research.”[read more]

City Park Conservancies: A Treasure Trove of New Knowledge

March 29, 2015 by City Parks Blog

City Park Conservancies

The report 'Public Spaces/Private Money' cites the value that private partnerships and their resources have brought to parks but also cites the growing concerns around equity and the possibility of displacement of public agency resources and responsibility.[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

What Will Happen to India's Elephants and Tigers as Its Cities Expand?

February 18, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Can people really ignore the elephants?

In this rapidly urbanising India, the focus of administrators on a sustainable vision of planning rarely includes a consideration of green spaces and the wildlife for which India is famous. What will happen to its tigers and elephants?[read more]

For Philadelphia and Baltimore, Parks Are Central to Livability

February 4, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Parks and City Life

Many people think parks are easy, but parks are one of the hardest things for governments to do because of the physical and human aspects. It's non-profits — not the government — who are leading a resurgence in Baltimore’s parks, helping to make the city more liveable.[read more]

How to Tell a Compelling (Tree) Story

January 18, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Making Trees Compelling

We spill a lot of ink on this blog on topics like policy, history, research, and opinion as they relate to green infrastructure. But where trees are concerned, sometimes it’s before and after photos that tell the most compelling story. Pictures document change in a completely different way than words ever can.[read more]

Food Sovereignty: Politics and Veggies in Cape Town

January 18, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Food and Politics in Cape Town

The open farmlands and wetlands in the Philippi area of the Cape Flats have become contested territory. This is the last remaining piece of an area that has been regarded as Cape Town’s vegetable patch all the way since the late 1800s time period.[read more]

Andy Warhol and the Art of Nature in Urban Life

January 13, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Seeding Urban Life

As Andy Warhol perhaps surprisingly said, 'Land really is the best art'. Placing nature amongst people and places is a real measure of resilience. This is something which urban ecologists are increasingly building into their practice. Seed banks are being used in places as far apart as Nantes, Liverpool, Shanghai and NYC.[read more]