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Exploring the legacy of what makes equity planning work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/21/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

In his 2016 book, The Well-Tempered City, socially active developer Jonathan Rose makes a compelling case that cities will survive in our “VUCA times” (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) by tapping the innovation gene that can be found in Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier which modernized music. Bach’s circle of fifths tuning method is an example for cities.

<br />A bus-rapid transit park in Curitiba, Brazil. Image: Journal of Place Management and Development.<br />Green roof on Via Verde, a mixed-income housing development in the South Bronx. Image: Urban Land Institute.

Biodiversity missing from Climate Action Plans

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform, Land

More biodiverse cities would help protect endangered species and human populations from climate change; if only Climate Action Plans (CAP) were calibrated to do so, a new report states.

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Climate researcher shines in Cleveland, perfect place to study the Anthropocene

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/18 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

Case assistant professor of biology, Dr. Sarah Diamond, was thrust into the limelight last year when her work on a tiny harbinger of climate change, the acorn ant, was covered in the New York Times article, What Makes a City Ant? Maybe Just 100 Years of Evolution. The George B. Mayer Chair in Urban and Environmental Studies summarized her work...

<br />Dr. Sarah Diamond in her lab at Case Western Reserve University.<br />Dr. Diamond presenting at CMNH the rural to urban temperature gradient in Cleveland.

Cities that think like planets: An urban ecology framework for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“I suggest that most post-industrial cities are hybrid and unstable,” urban ecologist Marina Alberti states in her book, Cities That Think Like Planets. “We can drive them to ecological collapse.” A professor of urban design and planning and director of the Urban Ecology Research Lab at the University of Washington, Alberti explains how cities avoid such a fate and instead build...

<br /><br />Eco evolutionary dynamics in urbanizing ecosystems, e.g. changes in gene frequencies might translate into phenotypic trait changes. Image: Marina Alberti<br />Examples of urban eco evolution (from top row left to right) Dark-eyed junco, water flea, orb-weaving spider, white-footed mouse, crepis sancta, and earthworms. Image: Marina Alberti.

Aspiring EcoDistrict, MetroHealth should draw inspiration from neighbor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

MetroHealth System’s Campus Transformation Plan, released this month, aims to soften the concrete surface of the Cuyahoga County owned hospital acreage at W. 25th Street in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

<br />Currently MetroHealth fronts West 25th Street (left) with lots of asphalt<br />The vision for transforming MetroHealth is better, but does it go deep green?<br />Ohio City Farm has transformed an ill used yard behind a county public housing high rise.

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