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Trees gain ally: Science and Technology

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/02/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform, Plants & animals

“Urban Forests” author Jill Jonnes offered Cleveland an invaluable lesson on how the city earned, and then lost, its moniker ‘the Forest City.’ Speaking at Levin College of Urban Affairs yesterday, Jonnes harkened back to John Davey, the 19th century arborist from Kent, Ohio whose book “The Tree Doctor” inspired today’s 8,000-employee Kent-headquartered tree service company, Davey Tree. In a chapter in...

<br />Science and tech have shown how much street trees add to property value and perform valuable ecological services like cleaning the air and reducing flooding.

Resilience it is in the water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/15/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform, Water

In the 2013 book Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design Kelly Shannon of the Oslo School of Architecture defines resilient cities as those that “bend from harm.”

The Sanlihe Greenway<br />Photo from American Society of Landscape Architects

A vision for resilience in a post climate change world

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Explore, Transform

“Landscape is not scenery; it is not a political unit…it is never simply a natural space, a feature of the natural environment; it is always artificial, always synthetic, always subject to sudden and unpredictable change…[Landscape] is where the slow, natural processes of growth and maturity and decay are deliberately set aside and history is substituted. A landscape is where we...

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Cleveland region second last in equity, sustainability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/22/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

An important indicator for cities aiming to be more sustainable and equitable, The Sustainable Development Goals Index (SDG), was released last month.

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How to plan for a more sustainable world with driverless cars

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Currently, autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being tested in real-world conditions—on the streets of Pittsburgh, San Francisco, El Paso, and on highways outside of Columbus. Experts predict that by 2035 or sooner, all of our cars could be replaced by those wired with artificial intelligence systems that will be able to navigate the streets for us.

<br />Image from Depave dot org

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