Blue Urbanism

What would it mean to live in cities designed to foster feelings of connectedness to the ocean? As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, author Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for rethinking the relationship between urban development and the ocean. Modern society is more dependent upon ocean resources than people are […]

Sweet & Salt hints at the dualities within

“Sweet&Salt: Water and the Dutch is the title of an exhibition and a book on the relationship between the Low Countries and that element which is so fundamental to their landscape and their identity; water. Under pressure from climate change, the Netherlands are redefining their relationship to water, and in the process are subjecting the landscape […]

The Nature of Cities: New York City Under the Surface

“Shining a bright light on this underwater world is Heartbeats in the Muck, John Waldman’s terrific book about the teeming life below the surface and the environmental history of this most urban estuary. Having read the original shortly after it was published in 1999, I recently picked up the Revised 2012 edition. Dr. Waldman’s stories […]

The Accidental Playground

“The Accidental Playground explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT), others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming […]

Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York

“As we approach the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, join Ted Steinberg, Professor of Law and History at Case Western Reserve University, as he addresses the urgent question: Can New York City survive the sea? Steinberg will use his new book, Gotham Unbound, which charts the transformation of the New York region over three centuries, from island estuary to […]