Biophilic cities lead the way to urban sustainability

The biophilic cities network is part of the global movement towards green cities. By innovative, multi-sensory driven design and green architecture, these cities are forging a symbiotic relationship with nature. “We need density but we also need connections to nature,” said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley during an event at the University of the …

Urbanization and homelessness

As the pace of urbanization increases, efforts to address one of the most visible problems of inclusion – homelessness – are comparatively inadequate. The world is urbanizing at an alarming rate, and with alarming results. Urban landscapes are now the most visible sign of gross inequality, modern glass and steel skyscrapers sitting next to makeshift …

Can Chinese megacities lead in urban conservation?

China’s unparalleled speed of urbanization comes at a steep environmental cost. Efforts to mitigate the fallout are resulting in leaps for the urban conservation movement. The scale and speed at which China is urbanizing is impressive. Over the past three decades, China has experienced unprecedented economic and social transformation. Millions have been lifted out of …

Revitalizing public spaces

Urban community living is shaped by revitalizing public spaces. The vision of landscape architects is central to this process. What makes a city worth living in and enhances its communal aspect are its public spaces. With renewed interest in shaping them to fit into the smart city and green city movements, it is landscape architects …