The rows of London terrace houses look familiar enough. But the space once filled with cars and tarmac is now home to long grass, miniature allotments and a winding footpath.
Bringing natural elements and green spaces into the design of communities is not new but the Japanese concept of satoyama goes one step further, highlighting the mutual benefits of integrating existing natural habitat with built environments.
After Stockholm and Copenhagen, another Scandinavian city has won the title European Green Capital, honoring green urban achievements. It is the third time Norway's capital Oslo was shortlisted.
On the western fringes of Hyderabad, surrounded by fantastic primordial rock formations, modern apartments, factories and a village, is a sprawling and ancient man-made lake. Ameenpur Lake dates back to the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, who ruled the kingdom of Golconda between 1550 and 1580. Accor ...
For the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in villages. This transition to urban life is slowly becoming prominent in India as well. While urban life offers vastly superior access to essential services like healthcare, this is often at the cost of access to green spaces.
A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities. Protecting those assets can increase the productivity and liveability of these cities, improve tourism opportunities, and enhance resilience to the impacts of extreme weather events, according to a new World Ba ...
Half of the world’s people now live in urban areas. This creates competition for resources and increases pressure on already limited green space.
A new joint initiative from diplomats, businesses and residents in Stockholm hopes to save the city's bees by creating a "bee friendly zone" in the Swedish capital.
The German capital is hailed for its green spaces, where Berliners flock to at the first glimpse of sun. Check out our insider tips for the best nature hangouts - and find out if Berlin really is as green as people say.
The harmful impact of urban air pollution could be combated by strategically placing low hedges along roads in a built-up environment of cities instead of taller trees, a new study has found.
Merrifield, located just 30km from Melbourne CBD, is set to become one of Australia’s largest new masterplanned communities.A joint venture between MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Corporation, the project will be divided into four precincts – living, parklands, business park and city centre ...
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to explore the creation of an index to document the city’s existing biodiversity and ecosystems while also setting conservation targets.
Access to high-quality public open space is a key ingredient of healthy, liveable cities. This has long been recognised in government planning policy, based on a large body of academic research showing that accessible green spaces lead to better health outcomes.
Work on creating the city’s first biodiversity park at Madiwala lake is on track as 70% of the territorial work has been completed. Desilting of the lake and setting up a sewage treatment plant (STP) are the only pending works.
Megacity develops ecology with economy, dedicating land to national parks and open spaces – and the celebrated pandas.The film Born in China hit the screens in North America on April 21, making the audiences fall in love with the rare animals in China.
The notion of urban wildlife may suggest images of rodents and pigeons. But as backyard birders can attest, more desirable wildlife persists in cities, a topic studied by the Chicago-based Urban Wildlife Institute and eight new partner research bodies across the country.
Urbanisation has never resonated stronger among countries – developed and developing alike – than now.
Our green spaces are shrinking, despite all the benefits they give us. If we want to save them, we need to value the ecosystem and health and wellbeing services they offer
Forests in the heart of the city as well as the edge of town are vital not just for aesthetics but for improving residents’ health and reaping economic benefits, according to the UN FAO.
[NEW DELHI] By 2030, the world could lose millions of fertile agricultural lands to expanding cities with Asia and Africa accounting for 80 per cent of the total farm losses, a study finds.
HONG KONG, China, January 8, 2017 (ENS) – Poached nearly to extinction in their homelands, rare and threatened birds and animals have found refuge in cities like Hong Kong, introduced to urban centers or wilderness areas outside their natural ranges.
Flash floods, burst riverbanks, overflowing drains, contaminants leaching into waterways: some of the disruptive, damaging and hazardous consequences of having too much rain. But can cities be designed and adapted to live more flexibly with water – to treat it as friend rather than foe?
The song and behaviour of the UK's favourite bird is being affected by light and noise pollution.
Long before architecture was a specific study about designing homes, the humans existing during the medieval age were inspired by the natural elements present around them. These forms of nature would deeply influence the infrastructure of the homes of those times, even if they were not professio ...
Enthusiasm for urban greening is at a high point, and rightly so. Ecological studies highlight the contribution urban nature makes to the conservation of biodiversity. For example, research shows cities support a greater proportion of threatened species than non-urban areas.
German researchers have compiled a 400-species database to encourage people to plant the “right tree in the right place” in urban areas. The team of scientists hope the information will help shift the focus away from the way trees look towards on the focus on biodiversity.
Maison Edouard François designed an incredible sustainable tower for Paris. Clad in eye-catching green panels, the M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity also comprises netting entwined with living flora. The entire structure is designed to spread seeds throughout the city.
Every day, as I left home and walked along the footpath near my house, battling cars that try to occupy it, I glanced irritatedly at the little mess of leftover rice and god knows what that I shuddered at and jumped over.
Helsinki has seen a boom in the population of Siberian flying squirrels in the past two years, according to researchers.
Planting trees is a cost-effective way to tackle urban air pollution, which is a growing problem for many cities.
Rats are a major problem in Jakarta. Now the city is trying to combat the pests by paying its residents a bounty.
Seals peep from Amsterdam's famous canals, while rare bats huddle in the eaves of houses, next to nesting birds. Wildlife—of the animal kind—is on the rise in the teeming Dutch capital.
RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- There's evidence that global warming is having a "greening" effect on large portions of the planet. And some scientists have suggested an uptick in carbon will encourage photosynthesis -- for better or worse. But that's not case in cities, new research shows.
Residents living in towns and cities can play a major role in ensuring insect pollinators survive and thrive around them, a team of international scientists has said.
MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A new study suggests life in the city diminishes the fertility of birds.
Butterflies that are 'picky' about the flowers they feed from may become increasingly dependent on fewer native flower sources with urbanization
Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they're here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your ...
What happens when architects think about the world beyond its physical framework is the concept explored by a team of architecture students and a faculty member from The University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning. It earned them an honorable mention in Pamphlet Architecture 36 co ...
Shoreline hardening, defined as the installation of structures to prevent erosion or provide flood protection, is a common practice worldwide.
The recent discovery of a new ant species in Hong Kong has renewed interest in the city’s biodiversity and ecology.
The establishment of community gardens in inner city areas can boost social and ecological sustainability, suggest researchers.
Officials are moving ahead with a major revitalization of the Los Angeles River – removing miles of concrete along its banks and re-greening areas now covered with pavement. But the project raises an intriguing question: Just how much of an urban river can be returned to nature?
NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- New research shows toxicity levels in urban pigeons are a good proxy for risk of lead poisoning in children.
No need to head to the movie theater or download the video game app: Angry Birds can be found right in your backyard this summer--if you live in the suburbs, that is.
CHICAGO, July 15 (UPI) -- Even for birds, the city life comes with extra temptations -- chiefly, a plethora of potential mates. But new research shows, even in the city, Peregrine falcons remain committed to their partners.
NEW YORK, Jul 11 2016 (IPS) - Habitat III, the UN’s conference on cities this coming October will explore urban agriculture as a solution to food security, but here in New York City, it has shown potential for much more.
Berlin might seem like a concrete jungle, but the metropolis has more biodiversity than you'd expect. What is it about Berlin that attracts wild foxes, raccoons, boars and the largest number of birds in all of Germany?
BONN, Germany (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Daviz Simango is one of Mozambique's most influential politicians but last year when yet another flood inundated Beira, the coastal city he has served as mayor since 2003, he felt powerless.
Bees pollinate plants more frequently in the city than in the country even though they are more often infected with parasites, a factor which can shorten their lifespans, researchers report.
Birds of the species Parus Major (great tit) living in an urban environment are at greater risk of dying young than great tits living outside cities.