The City Nature Challenge 2018

Take the City Nature Challenge 2018 from April 27 to 30!

Get outside, look for nature in your city, take a picture, and share it through iNaturalist or your city’s chosen platform. More information here.

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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Nature-based Solutions for Climate Resilience

On March 20th, 2018, Urban Breezes hosted a webinar on “Nature-based Solutions for Climate Resilience”. Our expert for nature-based solutions, Helen Santiago Fink, highlighted the importance of urban ecosystem services in climate change mitigation and adaptation and explored their role in fostering behavior change towards climate action.

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Chicago River Blue Awards

Submit your Chicago River sustainability project and win the Chicago River Blue Award!

For eight years, the Chicago River Blue Awards program has encouraged and rewarded developments along the river and throughout the watershed that best exemplify sustainable design for people, wildlife, and clean water. This years’ winners will be honored at the Friends of the Chicago River annual gala, the Big Fish Ball, on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. For more information, visit Friends’ website!

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The choice […] between city and nature is a false choice and an unnecessary and outdated dichotomy.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 )