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Steven Snell is a professional urban planner and novelist with a master’s degree in urban design. Opinions here are his own.
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Steven Snell has over eight years of professional urban planning experience with a focus on conservation. He has a master’s degree in urban design and is a novelist of The Undergraduates. Connect with him on Twitter @stevenpsnell or Facebook stevenpsnell. The views expressed are purely those of the writer and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating a position of his employer.

Recent Posts

Blog post
3 days ago
By taking a turtle for a walk, we can begin to take back our minds and bodies.
Steven Snell
Blog post
July 17, 2016, 1pm PDT
More than any other place, wildlife have impact on human health, quality of life and aesthetics in urban areas. Thinking about city planning at the terrestrial wildlife scale could support mutual objectives of city planning.
Steven Snell
Blog post
February 11, 2016, 5am PST
Philosopher Ivan Illich believed that the bicycle could connect users back to the pace of community-oriented life, that the right of free movement does not lapse just because cities have strapped themselves into ideological seat belts.
Steven Snell
Blog post
January 19, 2016, 5am PST
Ecologists offer scientific lessons in how to better build cities for humans and wildlife.
Steven Snell
Blog post
December 29, 2015, 2pm PST
What motivates sprawl? It's more than just automobile infrastructure.
Steven Snell
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December 10, 2015, 5am PST
The City of Calgary aims to restore 20 percent of its open space to increase biodiversity. Complex nature is—and needs to be seen as—foundational to our day-to-day lives, both for our well being, and the health of nature itself.
Steven Snell
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November 22, 2015, 1pm PST
How do we personally advance nature in cities? This blog post looks at "urban nature" and the research revealing how me might lessen the damage we do to the nature that surrounds us every day.
Steven Snell
Blog post
November 8, 2015, 7am PST
A city has always been understood and defined as a pattern of human settlement. This op-ed suggests that a city needs to be a product of its environment, rather than the environment simply being a product of it.
Steven Snell
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December 14, 2014, 1pm PST
I wrote an urbanist Christmas wish list last week for Fast Forward Weekly. I figured I'd elaborate on one of my wishes for weedy nature and public art: disturbance oriented art.
Steven Snell
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June 19, 2014, 6am PDT
How can the contemporary concepts in ecology studies—adaptability, resiliency, and flexibility—advance urban planning practices?
Steven Snell