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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]

Apples and Tomatoes: Comparing Community Gardens and Municipally Sponsored Urban Agriculture

March 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Gardens and Agriculture


If a city wants to feed itself, which is more effective: community gardens or municipal growing projects? Darrin Nordahl Believes it's the city government, but the examples in his book Public Produce: the New Urban Agriculture, actually say otherwise.. So which is true?[read more]

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

January 22, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Community Garden Output Tool

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative.[read more]

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

October 18, 2014 by The Global Grid

Ottawa Community Gardens


A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.[read more]

Food, Flowers, and Friendships

September 18, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Community Gardens and Development

The SW Community Garden both feeds from and perpetuates this strong community feeling. It was the culmination of a year-long effort by a group of green-thumbed residents that had a common idea, and worked with the local government and local businesses to bring it to fruition.[read more]

Telus Launch Green Rooftop with Community Garden

June 25, 2014 by Derek Wong

Telus Green Roof

Office building green roofs tend to be a ‘spectator sport’: look but don’t touch. Telus, one of the Big-Three telecoms in Canada, launch their participatory rooftop garden in their downtown Toronto building where staff are encouraged to seed, water, weed, and harvest the vegetables.[read more]


WEBCAST: Patricia Lee on Greening Cities, Air Quality and Building Efficiency

January 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

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Tricia Lee's job with New York-based consultancy Code Green is about making buildings more efficient with LEEDS. But she wears two other hats, being involved with a project to improve air quality in US cities - and another with community gardens in New York City and explains how all these projects sell themselves.[read more]


Reading the Eclectic Urban Curbside

February 27, 2012 by Chuck Wolfe

Check out Chuck Wolfe's photo essay on the different uses of the American yard - from urban settings to rural countrysides. Fascinating![read more]

Growing Community Gardens in Cities

August 4, 2011 by City Parks Blog

An eighth excerpt from the recently released book published by Island Press called Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. In this post, we look at some cities who have created parkland by adding community gardens to underutilized spaces. Community gardens are a vastly underappreciated and underprovided...[read more]

The Thursday List: 5 Ways to Bring Schools and the Community Together

July 28, 2011 by Kristen Jeffers

This week I’m adding something new to the blog, a more in-depth, quick facts way to start applying principles I discuss on the blog directly back into the community. This week’s theme was education, so I’m revisiting  steps we need  to bridge the gap between our schools and the community. Here are five of those steps: Host...[read more]