Latest Urban Reads

Urban Breezes Summer Reads

Authors: Helen Santiago Fink & Petra Hurtado

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Nature-Based Solutions For Climate Resilience

Author: Helen Santiago Fink

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Will Urban Planners Save The World?

Author: Petra Hurtado

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Vienna – The Most Livable City In The World!

August 14, 2018

Congratulations! After having been rated the most livable city in the world last year by Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking for 8 years in a row, this year, the Austrian capital topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index for the first time.

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Check out the 2018 Urban Breezes Summer Reading List!

Summer is in full swing and in case you belong to the lucky group of people who have time for a break from work and to enjoy life, we put together a list of beautiful reads for the beach, the mountain, or simply your city balcony, wherever you find your own personal retreat to indulge in stories about cities across the world.

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The City Nature Challenge – A Local And International Commitment

Author: Helen Santiago Fink

In its third year, the City Nature Challenge (CNC) has become a multi-stakeholder event to connect people, technology, and nature for the purpose of education, research, and collective action towards environmental stewardship. During four days in April (27 – 30), 2018, the City Nature Challenge animated 17,000 urban residents in 69 cities around the world to observe, document, and learn about our living environment.

The iNaturalist app serves as the cornerstone for cataloging the CNC observations and educating users on the biodiversity observed as well as providing researchers with new data.  In 2018, 4,075 research grade observations were documented and over 100 new species were recorded on iNaturalist.

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Save the date: Utrecht Earth System Governance Conference, Nov. 5 – 8 2018

The 2018 Utrecht Earth System Governance Conference will take place at the Utrecht University in The Netherlands  from November 5 to 8, 2018. Helen Santiago Fink will be presenting on New Pathways for Climate Action.

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Urban Quotes

The flâneur understands the city as few of its inhabitants do, for he has memorised it with his feet.

Lauren Elkin

( Author of "Flâneuse - Women Walk the City" 2017 )

Recent research indicates that once a city acquires a reputation - as an exciting place or as one where nothing ever happens - that image tends to survive unchanged for long periods of time.

Joan De Jean

( Author of "How Paris Became Paris" 2014 )

The choice […] between city and nature is a false choice and an unnecessary and outdated dichotomy. Biophilic cities and biophilic urbanism transcend this dichotomy and present a compelling new vision for a rapidly urbanizing world.

Timothy Beatley

( Author of “Biophilic Cities – Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning” 2010 )

Nature is the earth's most complex system. And perhaps the most complex human-made systems are cities.

Jonathan F. P. Rose

( Author of "The Well-Tempered City" 2016 )

Up to our time, strict economy in the use of natural resources has not been practiced, but it must be henceforth unless we are immoral enough to impair conditions in which our children are to live.

Daniel Burnham

( American architect and urban planner, 1846 -1912 )

If we design good cities, then we can achieve development.

Alejandro Aravena

( Chilean architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize awardee, at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador in 2016 )

Values are instruments through which we look, interpret and experience the world. When we think we do not just think: we think with ideas.

Ernst Friedrich Schumacher

( Author of "Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered" 1973 )

The car is our "mechanical mother-in-law". We have to maintain good relations with her, but we can't let her dominate our lives.

Jaime Lerner

( Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil )

Life in buildings and between buildings seems in nearly all situations to rank as more essential and more relevant than the spaces and buildings themselves.

Jan Gehl

( Author of "Life Between Buildings" 2011 )

Cities were created to bring things together.

Jeff Speck

( Author of "Walkable City" 2012 )

The city shapes our decisions.

Charles Montgomery

( Author of "Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design" 2014 )

To plan is human, to implement divine.

Janice E. Perlman

( Founder & President of the Mega-Cities Project; at the Eco-City World Summit 2011 in Montreal )

Planners compose and offer advice on preparing for an uncertain future.

Charlie Hoch

( Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, author of "What Planners Do: Power, Politics, and Persuasion" 2011 )

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

( German Physicist )

A good city is not a city where poor people can afford cars. A good city is a city where rich people take public transit.

Enrique Peñalosa

( Mayor of Bogota, Colombia )