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Biophilic Cities and the New Global Network
Tim Beatley, September 24, 12:30pm EST
What are Biophilic Cities? What do they look and feel like and what makes them biophilic? Beatley will address these questions, describing the history of biophilia and exploring some of the main ways in which cities are integrating nature into their design and planning, and working to foster connections to the natural world. Beatley will describe the Biophilic Cities Project at the University of Virginia and the newly launched global Biophilic Cities Network, which aims to extend and expand the important role that nature can play in the growth and development of cities around the world. Examples of innovative biophilic urbanism will be drawn from ten project partner cities, including Singapore, Wellington (NZ), San Francisco, and Birmingham (UK), among others.
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Tabor to the River: Innovative Problem-Solving in Portland Oregon
Matt Burlin, October 1, 12:30pm EST
Green infrastructure approaches like green streets and green roofs have been integral to protecting Portland watersheds and public health. The multiple benefits provided through these approaches improve community livability and resilience while reducing costs to ratepayers. This webinar will provide an overview of the Tabor to the River Program, featuring innovative stormwater management solutions that the City of Portland uses to address complex urban challenges.
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The Promise of Biomimicry
Jennifer Barnes and Alexandra Ramsden, October 8, 12:30pm EST
The Urban Greenprint applies biomimicry at a city scale. What can we learn from Nature that will help our cities become more resilient, healthy, and livable? This project takes a deep look at cities’ predevelopment ecosystems and identifies strategies from nature that can help restore the ecological health of our urban centers.
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What’s Your Brain Doing in a Place Like This?
Jenny Roe and Chris Neale, October 15, 12:30pm EST
We will present research using a novel new headset that measures brain activity on the move using EEG (electroencephalography). We’ll show how we are currently using this technology to understand how older people navigate the city, the stress points they encounter and the places that they find most enjoyable and relaxing. The technology is being applied in a U.K. research project called Mood, Mobility and Place and aims to make recommendations on how our cities can be designed to be more pleasurable and encourage physical activity in older people.
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Plant*SF – Abundance During Drought
Jane Martin, October 22, 12:30pm EST
An introduction to San Francisco’s stormwater diversion gardens with an emphasis on design for dry conditions. Winter rainfalls too often exceed the volumetric limit of San Francisco’s combined sewer system, resulting in overflows of contaminated water to the ocean and bay as well as backups into streets, homes and businesses. The simple act of removing excess areas of impervious materials at sidewalks restores the natural hydrological cycle while creating public space gardens. Mindful selection of plant species has resulted in the transformation of blighted areas into abundant landscapes of foliage, flower, fragrance and forage, despite drought conditions.
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Designing Nature in Unexpected Places
Marc Grañén, October 29, 12:30pm EST
PHYTOKINETIC is the best way to provide cities with a new ECOLOGICAL VALUE, working as an example for citizens who appreciate daily nature while going to work, home, or just moving around in their public transport. Children will grow up with a closer green concept, so they will learn faster how necessary is to keep on with nature. This smart way of thinking, provides us a better QUALITY OF LIFE.
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Blue-Green and Social for Liveable Cities
Herbert Dreiseitl, November 4, 8:00pm EST
Blue/green, socially grounded, and economically successful – this is what cities all over the world would like to be: liveable cities that support and protect their inhabitants through economic stability but also maintain a healthy environment.
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The Humane Agenda: Animals in Cities
John Hadidian and Bernard Unti, November 12, 12:30pm EST
While it might seem obvious that a biophilic city would be a “humane” city, this assumption merits closer examination. On the one hand we have the “humane metropolis” concept championed by Holly Whyte and others that looks closely at the human environment and asks what it is to be humane toward our own kind. Biophilic constructs clearly apply here. On the other hand, if humaneness is applied to the nonhuman community, even biophilic cities may be challenged to give due consideration to the many classes and types of animals we share the urban environment with. This session will attempt to open the discussion about animals and Biophilia and begin to outline some of the basic considerations involved. We will argue that the sense of biophilic cities as humane cities is an area ripe for further exploration, understanding and action.
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