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    Urban Forests as Landscape Artifacts

    by Brian Davis & Jamie Vanucchi

    The urban forest can’t pretend to be ‘natural’; it’s a construction that relies on both ecological processes as well as human ingenuity to survive. It marries the technical with the material, and expands the range of social experience and ecological resilience.

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    Big Old Tree, New Big Easy

    by Karen Lutsky

    New Orleans' veteran trees have the ability to function socially, economically and hydologically. The potential of New Orleans' expansive canopies can be seen as a basis for a simple but powerful long-term planning and planting strategy for the city.

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    Building the Global Forest

    by Richard Weller & Tatum Hands

    If we accept that ‘the city’ is now a continuous system of global exploitation, then any discussion of the ‘urban forest’ should also scale up its thinking and ambition.

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    Paradoxes of Archetypes: the Urban and the Forest

    by Keith Chung & Anna Misharina

    In order for the urban forest to have social meaning, it must be legible as a form and as a system – revealing the workings of each entity through their juxtaposition.

Featured Issue

04: Building the Urban Forest

The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasing property values to mitigating climate change. Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism, but there is little agreement about how our urban forests are to be designed, planned and managed.

Featured Project

Urban Regeneration: Foresting Vacancy In Philadelphia

Urban Regeneration proposes a land management strategy for vacant urban land that accumulates parcels and turns them to forest, aiming to redefine the meaning and function of vacancy in a city.


In the News

Call for Submissions: SCENARIO 5 Extraction

Extraction sustains our society. We rely on energy to power the technology in our lives, but are disconnected from the landscapes that must be exploited in order to yield that energy. We dig and blast materials to build and repair the physical infrastructure of our cities, but rarely think about the places from which they come.

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