April 22, 2020, 9am PDT
The decade that began with the first Earth Day became a pivotal moment in U.S. environmental awareness and action. The core principles of the environmental decade are now questioned in the highest offices of our land.
April 6, 2020, 8am PDT
One of the dominant themes to emerge from the spread of COVID-19 is the conflict between the need to be in nature for health and well-being while avoiding public space as much as possible to prevent the spread.
October 2, 2019, 10am PDT
A compendium of benefits of walkable urban places, put together by Hazel Borys and Kaid Benfield.
June 17, 2019, 12pm PDT
Los Angeled has plenty of urban wildlife, but people don’t usually associate the city with the term biodiversity. L.A. County park planner Clement Lau offers a book review on the a book on that subject, "Wild LA."
July 11, 2018, 7am PDT
An effort is underway to reintroduce a natural habitats along a stretch of postindustrial Chicago River canal-scape. Floating garden modules are being used to attract species back to the area.
April 3, 2018, 2pm PDT
The healthiest neighborhoods are both walkable and green, according to a growing body of evidence.
September 18, 2017, 11am PDT
Everyone has a different answer on what makes a great place, depending on how wonky you'd like to get. Kaid Benfield lists his top 10 ingredients for a healthy community.
May 5, 2017, 8am PDT
Living near vegetation appears to be linked to a longer life and better mental health—for women, at least.
March 25, 2017, 11am PDT
After six years of successful Smart City Expo World Congresses in Barcelona, the island of Majorca will host one that focuses exclusively on islands. It will focus on technology and innovation, and address unique challenges islands face.
March 17, 2017, 10am PDT
All that pollen in the air giving you the sneezes is probably because of all the male trees your city has been planting.
Greater Greater Washington
March 4, 2017, 9am PST
Designing trails means serving many masters. Those who do it professionally must balance aesthetics with practical concerns like drainage.
February 1, 2017, 5am PST
Susan Henderson shares some thoughts about the alignment of issues contributing to well-being in cities.
January 17, 2017, 11am PST
When nature is integrated into urbanism, wellness surges. Hazel Borys looks at the benefits.
July 5, 2016, 11am PDT
Researchers have made a positive link between increased greenery in a child's neighborhoods and a reduction in aggressive behavior.
March 29, 2016, 11am PDT
In the traditional view, nature and digital technology clash. But for many people, tech can offer ways to better engage with parks.
January 19, 2016, 5am PST
Ecologists offer scientific lessons in how to better build cities for humans and wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2014, 5am PDT
NPR's Cities Project is crowdsourcing Instagram photos of nature creeping back into urban spaces.