World examples of Green Urbanism

Geoff Ghitter & Noel Keough at Fast Forward Weekly reporting on how ‘modern urban life — at least, the technology that makes it all possible — has made a stranger of nature’

The problem is that our flick-and-flush existence conceals many of the destructive effects our consumption patterns create and the fragile state of the ecological systems that underpin them.

Ghitter and Keough write about working with rather than against nature using examples from books written by Timothy Beatley and examples from Freiburg, Germany; Curitiba, Brazil; and other cities from Finland and Sweden.

read more at Fast Forward Weekly – Green Urbanism: Learning from the world

Eden Project: 10 years old and planning for a new project in China

Marking 10 years since the Eden Project opened in a disused quarry they are looking to setup more projects in other places around the world. Tim Smit said they are currently talking to various places in China about creating an Edn Project it could start in 18 months. They are also looking at an interactive project in Singapore where people have to make decisions about Singapores ecology and habitat.

Read more at BBC: China plans to build Eden Project

Preserving biodiversity in suburban, rural areas [Event: Workshop]

Development in urban, suburban and even rural areas can often limit the variety of plant and animal life in these environments. In some cases, development also means an increase in exotic plants, which can ultimately displace native plant communities, which in turn can disrupt local populations of birds, bugs and other native wildlife.

Developers, planners, landscape architects, policymakers, landowners and others involved with the management of growth and development can learn about techniques for conserving and restoring biodiversity at upcoming workshops sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The University of Missouri Extension is holding a workshop at two locations in Missouri: April 26 at the St. Charles County Extension Center, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters; and April 27 at the Boone County Extension Center, 1012 N. Highway UU, Columbia. Workshops run 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at both sites. Cost is $35.

For information and registration details, contact either Scott Killpack at the St. Charles County Extension Center at 636-970-3000, killpacks@missouri.edu; or Kent Shannon at the Boone County Extension Center at 573-445-9792, shannond@missouri.edu.

Transit driven urban development

Streetsblog asks the question Can Transit Expansion Produce Sprawl Like Highways Do? looks at the proposed Silver line in Washington DC and speaks to some experts about the possible sprawl, development of semi-urban enclaves around transit and the difference with park-n-ride.

Read more at Can Transit Expansion Produce Sprawl Like Highways Do? – Streetsblog

Study of plants shows urban flora changes

UPI.com reports

U.S. scientists say a study of 70-year-old dried plant specimens from Indianapolis reveals the impact of increasing urbanization on plant diversity. Butler University researchers examined 2,800 dried plants collected around the city before 1940 and compared them with plants found at 16 field sites between 1996 and 2006, an article in the Journal of Ecology.

Read more: UPI Study of plants shows urban flora changes

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