Can a City Be Sustainable?

A review of Can a City Be Sustainable? By Gary Gardner, Tom Prugh, and Michael Renner. 2016. Island Press.  Buy the book. This compact volume is an ambitious portmanteau of information on sustainable urbanism that covers an impressive range of issues and amply demonstrates how many of the essential initiatives needed to make sustainable cities are demonstrably achievable,…

The Nature of Universities and Sustainability

Through their educational and experimental roles in society, universities can play a unique and vital role in cities’ transitions to sustainability. Universities can catalyse sustainability transitions through innovation, building community, and acting as living labs. Although life itself is a learning process and education can happen anywhere, from the streets to virtual places, the temples of…

BLUE URBANISM

TIMOTHY BEATLEY We live on the blue planet, with three-quarters of its surface covered by oceans. Yet, we also increasingly live on the urban planet. Those two realms are profoundly disconnected. Yet, cities impact oceans in many significant ways, direct and indirect. Cities can and must begin to include oceans in their planning, what might…

BIOPHILIC CITIES: INTEGRATING NATURE INTO URBAN DESIGN + PLANNING

TIMOTHY BEATLEY Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the “greening” of cities. But too often, he notes, urban greening efforts focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, they are not…

HANDBOOK OF BIOPHILIC CITY PLANNING + DESIGN

TIMOTHY BEATLEY What if, even in the heart of a densely developed city, people could have meaningful encounters with nature? While parks, street trees, and green roofs are increasingly appreciated for their technical services like stormwater reduction, from a biophilic viewpoint, they also facilitate experiences that contribute to better physical and mental health: natural elements…