Program

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Plenaries are are translated in real time into 12 languages that the participants can choose; the translations are shown in text form in a separate window. 
Note: The language of the title is the language of the session (or it is noted in parentheses). Seed Sessions and Field Trips are small group meetings and are not translated from their original language.

Our Festival is alive, constantly evolving, and currently on. View a draft program below. For the full Festival program register here and join us.

Monday Feb 22

PLENARY

08:00

Constellations (performance)
Still Moon Arts Society

La reinvención de la naturaleza urbana (The reinvention of urban nature) (ESP)
Brigitte Baptiste, Bogotá

Scene of the Observatory (film)
Takuma Uematsu

Dialogue: “Informality” is a challenge for planners—and also for provision of ecosystem services to people. How do we make the benefits of nature available to people in informal and/or very poor zones?
Lorena Zárate, Mexico City
David Simon, London
PK Das, Mumbai
Moderator: David Maddox, New York

Scales of Landscape Transformation
Kate Orff, New York

BREAK

10:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

10:15

Urban nature and economic growth – compatible or discordant?
In this session we will start with a discussion trigger, pointing to the need for a ‘system’, or ‘culture’ change’ at the level of prioritizing economic development/revenue-generation in urban green planning, and then unpack this very claim through examples on the ground (Chinese eco-cities and recent greening initiatives in Europe)

Amalia Calderón-Argelich
Filka Sekulova
Ana Terra

Co-Creating Sustainability: Integration of Local Ecological Knowledge in Art Works
Integrating the approach of Science Cafe & CLIPS tools we will reach out to participants to hear & listen & document their examples on – how Local Ecological Knowledge through and/or as integrated part in art works could or already is entering urban environments.

Baiba Pruse
Cristina Flora
Julia Prakofjewa
Nataliya Stryamets
Renata Soukand

Unfolding Doughnut Economy dilemmas in the urban anthropocene
Re-aligning neighbourhood everyday-life along Doughnut-Economy principles is huge task that require substantial transformations: rethinking human/non-human interaction and the way urban areas are built and maintained. This Seed Session aims at chiselling-out bite-size chunks of this complexity along connected dilemmas in urban greening approaches such as nature-based-solutions and the doughnut economy model.

Johannes Riegler

The Changing Form of Nature: A Multi-sensory Exploration of Our Connection to Nature
Three themes will be explored: 1. Digital Nature vs Authentic Nature Experiences 2. Virtual vs Augmented Nature 3. Urban Nature vs Wilderness. We will use examples (eg. video, drawing) to prompt, probe and provoke reactions to create a backdrop to the emerging discourse.

Tadhg MacIntyre
Cassie Murphy
Giovanna Calogiuri
Evi Petersen
Elaine Gallagher

Translocal adventures in developing an Urban Systems Community of Practice, with UrbanA and ECOLISE
ECOLISE’s “Communities for Future” action platform is supporting local European communities to build a healthier, fairer, regenerative world. The Urban Systems Community of Practice is one part of our ecosystem to support this eco-social just transition. Through experimentation and learning, a beautiful adventure is unfolding. Magical collective visions are emerging.

Duncan Crowley

Construyendo equidad en red desde tu ciudad
Se presentará la percepción de entrevistas realizadas desde la red Amazilias y se creará un espacio de discusión sobre cómo mejorar la falta de seguridad, recursos o incluso acompañamiento, que suelen ser factores que hacen que las mujeres desistan en sus intentos por desarrollar la actividad como profesión o esparcimiento

Tatiana Sanchez

Towards a water ethic for cities
After introducing our ethical code for water through a TNOC Roundtable, we would like to share it with a wider audience and receive critical feedback. We plan two sessions: 1) introduce the code for criticism and comments, and 2) share related best practices for water providers, users, and governance.

Diane Pataki
Naomi Tsur
Peter Schoonmaker
Paul Currie
Mario Yanez

The Renaissance of Public Urban Parks
From theory to practice, the session will address the issue of public health at the origin of the appearance of the urban public park, the benefits of nature and parks on public health and urban public parks today’s as essential green infrastructure in the city.

Jonathan Cha

FIELD TRIPS

10:15

Exploring America’s First Planned Neighborhood – The McKnight Neighborhood of Springfield, MA
This is a walking tour of the first planned residential neighborhood in the United States, examining its historic landscape and architectural features.

David Bloniarz

Natural attractions & historical landmarks of Bihać
A Field Trip about the most beautiful natural attractions of Bihać (National park Una, City Park, Una Waterfalls, mountains, etc.) and historical landmarks (medieval town of Sokolac (Ottoman Empire), Ostrovica Castle, Bihać Fortress etc.)

Emir Delić

The River Lea, a National Park City Walk: Biodiversity, Community, Art and Culture
Starting at Cody Dock we will journey along the lower Lea. We will explore biodiversity, community conservation, and aspirations for connecting the community with water and activities. We will find art and culture along part of The Line and finalizing our thoughts on what makes London a National Park City.

Ed Santry

GARDEN PARTY

11:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

12:30

Music from Avatar Grove (music)
Erez Sussman

Activating the Biophilic City
Nina-Marie Lister, Toronto

Point of View (film)
Júlia Csapó

Keynote: TBD
Elizabeth Cook, New York

Dialogue: NATURA NETWORK
Pippin Anderson | Africa Node
Chris Raymond | Europe Node
Nancy Grimm | N. America Node
Jordi Morato | Latin America
Weiqi Zhou | Asia-Pacific Node

BREAK

14:30

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

14:45

Flight of Fancy: Departure from Reality
Manchester International Airport has vanished! With preconceptions disrupted, participants will re-imagine Manchester’s iconic airport as an opportunity for nature. Supported by visual research material, they will question this absurd situation as a nonlinear, psychogeographic ‘derive’. Finally, the participants will translate their outcomes into a folding poem for further research.

David Haley
Paolina Ferrulli
Valeria Vargas

Under the Pavement the Beach – Urban soils and substrates the critical starting point
There is a desperate need to make clear the importance of Land & Soil Ethics, Combining Species Richness and Biodiversity, to Deliver Sustainable Ecological Landscapes. Based on SDG Principles. Test a draft code prepared by the CIEEM and UK Urban Ecology Forum, with feedback to refine.

Richard Scott
John Little

Engaging People to Grow the Global Forest: Getting to the Root of the Problem
Why are trees often removed from cities and towns? To reverse this, this session will focus on effective engagement methods that communicate the benefits of trees. Attention will be paid to addressing barriers, real and perceived, that lead to negative perceptions and removing them to grow the global forest.

Michael Rizo
David Bloniarz
Trinity Pierce
Jenni Garden

Proceso participativo hacia un Convenio de Paisaje en Latinoamérica
La Iniciativa Latinoamericana del Paisaje propone participar durante 3 días continuos con el objetivo de construir una participación democrática para impulsar el activismo, la investigación y la elaboración de leyes basadas en el conocimiento, conservación, gestión, planeación y diseño para los paisajes latinoamericanos.

Martha Fajardo

Cambios Coloridos en Terapia Forestal: Lanzando la Practica en Comunidades en America Latina
Una alianza entre el Servicio Forestal y la Asocacion de la Terapia de Bosque y la Naturaleza lanzo la primera capacitacion bilingue de Terapia Forestal para avanzar la practica en Mexico y America Latina. Un miembro del cohorte, entrenadoras y una empleada del USFS compartaran la historia.

Tamberly Conway
Toby Bloom
Manuela Siegfried
Adelayde Rivas
Paola Silva

Patchwork: Healing Our Planet through Creativity and Connection
How can we tackle urgent environmental issues that affect us, in a time where isolation is the new standard? Amy discusses how the arts are a catalyst for ecological change, inspiring a call to action for anyone and everyone to start healing our planet today with our own individual patch.

Amy Oestreicher

Integrating nature’s contributions to people into urban planning
We will create a dialogue between ecosystem service scientists, urban planners, and municipal decision-makers to generate and improve approaches and tools that integrate nature’s contributions to people into the equitable design and re-design of cities.

Anne Guerry
Eric Lonsdorf

FIELD TRIPS

14:45

Reinventar los arroyos abandonados de una ciudad árida costera
Three different persons will walk along the arroyo, one in the upper part which is rural with native vegetation (chaparrales), another in the middle which is rural-urban with agriculture and houses and other persons will show the arroyo crossing the city to the coast-port.

Ileana Espejel
Claudia Leyva

Caminata Performática
Al 25 km de la ciudad capital de Argentina, se realiza una caminata performática, para profundizar sobre la percepción de todos los sentidos, en una zona arbolada de varias especies propias, se propone una mirada no lineal, los ojos van hacia abajo la tierra hacia arriba el cielo los árboles.

Zaida de Pedro
Ladys Gonzalez

Alewife Corridor: Public & Elder Housing at Risk Due to Sea Level Rise, West Boston
Case Study findings from Sasaki Foundation Grant looking at 13 public & elder housing sites at risk from temporary or permanent flooding due to sea level rise in six inland communities along Alewife Brook and the Mystic River. In the Boston region.

Patricia S. Loheed
Huyen Nguyen
Shiyu Zeng

Yarkon Park to the Mediterranean Sea: the most popular urban park in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Our trip will transport you to Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, which is known for its gardens, concert venues, sports fields, and beautiful vistas from the river to the sea. We will show you our favorite spots and discuss this park’s contribution to the city’s sustainability and livability.

Michelle Talal
Sissi Lozada-Gobilard

GARDEN PARTY

16:15

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

19:00

Hozhó (poetry)
Lyla June

Wild Cities
Wendy Steele, Melbourne

The State We’re in Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere (conversation)
Robin Lasser & Marguerite Perret

Conversation: The key role of activism in urban green progress
Mike Houck, Portland
Bob Sallinger, Portland
Sam Adams, Portland

Dialogue: Nature for our Health

BREAK

21:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

21:15

Strategies to raise awareness and help city governments to implement biodiversity policies and projects
This session discusses examples where city governments have become interested in biodiversity, implementing policies, projects or campaigns. How did this happen? We will set the stage by giving brief examples of people working with city governments from Japan, New Zealand, and United States. Come with your ideas/examples to discuss.

Mark Hostetler
Keitaro Ito
Tomomi Sudo
Mahito Kamada
Colin Meurk

NBS Global Roadmap – Seed Session (Asia-Pacific)
NATURA regional nodes and other participants will convene a Seed Session to begin a process to develop a NATURA “Global Roadmap for Nature-Based Solutions”. This creates a space to identify key learnings, successes, or issues to discuss within the development of a Roadmap to influence global policy for NBS implementation.

Yeowon Kim
Weiqi Zhou

Participatory Flood Management: The importance of flood management and community participation in flood risk reduction
The seed session will be divided into two panels. The first one will discuss the multiple definitions and relevance of floods in urban contexts. The second panel will discuss the ‘participatory turn’ in flood risk assessment and mitigation. Each panel will encourage discussions in smaller teams.

Michelle Escobar
Erich Wolff

The therapeutic benefits of parks and open spaces; healing a present & post pandemic world
Discuss how open spaces and parks are being used to deal with public issues around equity, social injustice, and as important vessels for healing a world in need of rejuvenation.

Anthony Paul Diaz

FIELD TRIPS

21:15

Caminando los Cerros de Bogotá, inspiración natural para la transformación
I will share a very special walk in Bogota’s eastern hills. This place has provided me with a lot of inspiration and somehow pushed me to write a guide to include nature based solutions for urban planning in Colombia.

Carolina Figueroa

GARDEN PARTY

22:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

Tuesday Feb 23

PLENARY

02:00

Nature Song for Oksu Subway (music)
Bomnunbyeol Kim (봄눈별)

Accessible nature in cities through biophilic design
Jana Soderlund, Perth

A City is Part of the Universe (film)

TBD (FR)
Charlotte Picard, Paris

Dialogue: Can we build a city from scratch? What should the key design principles be?
Moderator: Perrine Hamel

BREAK

04:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

04:15

Financing greener cities for the future we want
Facilitate discussion innovative approaches that have been used to mobilize finance & investment in nature for cities, to up-scale the implementation of nature-based solutions. The session will also showcase some examples of innovative approaches and solutions to securing finance for nature in cities.

Ingrid Coetzee

The Diverse ES of an Urban Tropical City
This session will be a deep dive straight into the unique and diverse area of urban ES, including the status of ecosystems, the benefits that they provide and tools for implementing this into decision making. It will be a mix of 3 min presentations and discussion.

Justine Saunders

Envisioning Sustainable Cities
This session guides a group of participants on a path to imagine their future selves and the would they will live in. After that, they must compose a vivid scenario for that future, building a narrative inside a sustainable city.

Galdino Pedron

Nature-Based Solutions as a means to boost urban climate change adaptation
The speakers will share examples of effective measures and strategies implemented in heavily urbanized areas with a specific focus on the most effective responses to flood risks and urban heat islands. Local governments are in a unique position to draw punctual responses to climate related vulnerabilities although they do not always dispose of adequate resources to design effective climate policies. The workshop will create a space of dialogue about the possible measures and strategies for climate change adaptation, specifically as regards flood risk prevention and the reduction of the urban heat islands effect.

Marta Arosio
Cinzia Davoli
Lorenzo Baio

Virtual engagement of stakeholders during COVID times
Ten mini-presentations from Global North and South will provide inspiration for an interactive white-board brainstorming on how to organise stakeholder participation related to NBS during COVID. Virtual engagement brings opportunities, but has been shown to be limited in who it reaches.

Heidi Tuhkanen
Romanus Otieno Opiyo
Mette Hiltunen
Lauri Lemmenlehti
Fiona Lambe

What makes a city foodscape friendly?

Growing food in cities can create social, economic, and environmental value – but some
planners and developers remain actively opposed. This session is about two questions: Under
what circumstances do cities become foodscape-friendly? and, how are those circumstances
best designed? Our speakers bring practical experience to the discussion: they work at
different urban scales – from city-wide to neighbourhood-focused.

John Thackara
Swati Janu
Anna Luz Pueyo Kirwan
Clara Schmeinck
Philipp Heidkamp

FIELD TRIPS

04:15

Création d’un parc urbain pour l’expansion des crues et la biodiversité, à Gonesse, Région de Paris, France

GIlles Lecuir

A walkthrough of the urban forest ‘Krishna Vatika’ in Delhi NCR
This is an example of a landscape restoration project. The land was earlier a garbage dumping ground and open defecation area for the nearby industries. We cleaned the area and planted 3,000 trees in a dense patch of land. We have also created a tree nursery of there.

Akshat Tyagi

Interdisciplinary and ecosystems approach @ upcoming Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), Kengeri Campus, Bengaluru, India
The field trip will showcase the eco-sensitive protected zones ,upcoming water systems infrastructure, plantation of indigenous tree/plant species , soil stabilization, using excavated soil from site for production of building materials, boundary walls with sustainable building materials and site office cum experimental building with sustainable building systems & services infrastructure.

Amol Mangrulkar

theOtherForest: a nature-based tool for ecological and social regeneration in cities
I will take you on a walk across the degraded Beirut River, where we planted Lebanon’s first native Miyawaki forest. I will lead you into our 2-year old forest, which we planted with afforestation specialists Afforestt in 2019, and explain how we used the Miyawaki method to restore the site. I will present the use of the innovative Miyawaki method in a challenging urban environment, and talk about how this project engages the community.

Adib Dada

GARDEN PARTY

05:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

08:00

Little Light (animation)
Heeyoung Park

La fabrique de la ville résiliente
(How to make a resilient city) (FR)

Suzanne Brolly, Strasbourg

Forest is the Artist (film)
Gomsil Forest & Patrick Lydon

Dialogue: Biophilia: What does it mean to be a biophilic city? How would a city achieve it?
Tim Beatley, Charlottesville
Mike Wells, Bath
Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
Moderator: JD Brown

Global insights and challenges on Nature-based solutions for urban climate resilience
Timon McPhearson, New York

BREAK

10:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

10:15

How to successfully adopt Urban Living Labs
Urban living labs (ULLs) have been recognized as a suitable approach for co-creating Nature-based Solutions (NBS), however cities face barriers with their adoption. We will explore and identify possible factors, methods and strategies, so called enablers, that help address those barriers and enable the successful adoption of NBS ULLs.

Shahryar Sarabi
Heidi Johansson
Spela Zalokar

How do we improve the availability of evidence of the impact of NBS on health?
Evidence of the health impacts of NBS is scarce. This session asks how we can improve the availability of data and build evidence of impact of different types of NBS on health and well-being, especially in those communities most vulnerable to adverse health effects associated with climate change.

Clair Cooper
Danielle MacCarthy

Europe: NBS Global Roadmap
This Seed Session will be a horizon scanning workshop to identify priority research and innovation topics on nature-based solutions to support new collaborations between researchers and professionals across the EU and U.S. It will draw on themes from Horizon Europe and new environmental justice initiatives under the Biden administration.

Chris Raymond
Timon McPhearson
Erik Andersson

Think globally, act locally – what does this have to do with your city?
The global challenges of the 21st century can only be solved with, in and through cities. There is an urgent need to consider environmental, social as well as local and global aspects in an integrated and holistic manner. But the question is, how can cities do this?

Luciana Maia

Forests in Cities: Challenges and Perspectives on protecting urban nature from US and Beyond
Forests in Cities are patches of woods in the urban fabric that offer vital services to urbanites. However, natural areas are often at odds with considerations such as housing and transportation. In this session we will discuss the tension and strategies for finding a balance between preserving nature and development.

Sophie Plitt
Clara Pregitzer
Brittany Wienke

Building Resilience through Nature-Based Narratives: Capturing Our Lived Experiences of COVID-19 Using Memory Work
This Seed Session will present an overview of The Sarajevo Process – a methodological approach developed under Connecting Nature, to capture the stories of nature in cities. Sarajevo and Nicosia will present their experiences and participants will complete a memory work exercise. The outputs will be captured by an illustrator.

Dimitra Xidous
Belma Pašić
Eleni Malekkidou
Paulina Georgiou

Where Women Choose to Walk: The Path to Improving Cities and Nature
This seed session will focus on international perspectives from women working in urban environmental and natural resource management (ENRM) across continents. We will invite 3-4 women with various experiences to discuss the challenges they face living in a city and working in NRM.

Liza Paqueo
Adrina Bardekjian

NBS Global Roadmap – Seed Session Africa Node
NATURA nodes will convene a Seed Session to gather insights towards developing a “Global Roadmap for Nature-Based Solutions”. These will create a space to brainstorm and identify learnings, successes, or issues to discuss within the development of a Roadmap to influence regional and global policy for NBS implementation and governance.

Pippin Anderson

Can your Story Inspire Others to a Conservation Career?
In this session, we’ll explore why your story is inspiring, and we’ll build a compelling video about your conservation career story (or another topic). You’ll learn basic video capture and editing with your smartphone or computer.

Kirby Crider
Karin Theophile
yolanda richardson

FIELD TRIPS

10:15

Áreas protegidas locales, grandes ciudades y bienestar humano. (Spanish & Portuguese)
We will share a general context on local protected areas in large cities and a zoom vision on the impact of ecosystem conservation in two different urban contexts. A set of specific experiences will provide an understanding of conservation from the point of view of the local communities involved.

Ricardo Peñuela
Claudia Helena Hoyos Estrada

Greening the future of Guimarães
Guimarães (Portugal) is a city that presents a set of practical solutions to face the most diverse and relevant urban challenges, such as adaptation to climate change. In this video we show how Guimarães turned environmental challenges into opportunities, making this city a healthier and enjoyable place to live.

Ana Pinheira

GARDEN PARTY

11:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

12:30

Game of Swarms (animation)
Paula Nishijima

The Ecology of Segregation: A neglected force in urban ecology
Steward Pickett, Poughkeepsie, USA

Oxygen (music)
3’z

Dialogue: Beyond equity: How do we build antiracism in managing natural systems in the urban matrix?
Toni Anderson, Chicago
Charlie Nilon, Columbia

Conversation: How can professional training better link ecology, planning, design, and urban practice?
Juliana Montoya, Mediellín
Diane Pataki, Salt Lake City

BREAK

14:30

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

14:45

Miradas en espejos de agua: Espacio de creación y reflexión artística desde los saberes ancestrales
Este es un espacio de experimentación artística donde exploraremos la ciudad desde la memoria a partir de los saberes ancestrales y aquellos que se gestan en la ruralidad. A partir del collage, el dibujo y la palabra reflexionaremos sobre las relaciones entre las comunidades y el territorio urbano.

Sylvia Gómez
Jenny Neauta
Diana Apache

Future for Nature: a toolkit to inspire and mobilize youth for conservation
In this session, participants will get inspiring insights into an organisation composed of young and ambitious conservationists. We will give insight into how to successfully engage young people in conservation work. In this session, we give hands-on tools for designing a project to involve youth in a sustainable urban future.

Reineke van Tol
Marjolein Poelman
Janneke Troost

Green Minds: rewilding people and places
An interactive discussion built around the meaning of rewilding and workshop on ideas for sustainably rewilding an urban environment.

Irina Rotaru
Jemma Sharman
Zoe Sydenham

Revitalizaciòn de rios urbanos
Presentacion de proyectos de revitalizacion (Bogota-Colombia, Mapocho-Chile, Piracicaba-Brasil e Isar Alemania) seguiàdo de analisis FODA, de lo aprendido y del rol de la ciudadania

Ana Faggi
Juergen Breuste
Circe Monteiro
Diana Wiesner
Iturriaga Sandra

Organizing with National Park Cities for greener, wilder, and healthier cities
Learn how cities in North America are inspiring residents and visitors to improve and explore their communities by creating National Park Cities. See how they are creating instant urban trails, Green maps, sharing stories, and putting aside political jurisdictions to think systematically about how we live with nature.

Steve Schweigerdt
Scott Martin
Anita O’Driscoll

Urban Industrial Interface – crossing fence lines to improve communities with nature
The place where urban industrial lands abut residential neighborhoods is usually devoid of nature and forgotten by planners and place-makers. We can do better by encouraging and enabling industry to invest in nature that improves community outcomes and creates meaningful partnerships for action, employment and education.

Margaret O’Gorman
Daniel Goldfarb

Intercontinental voices of experiences and challenges on NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS FACING INFORMALITY IN BORDER CITIES
5 speakers will present a perspective of urban informality in the border city of Tijuana Baja California, Mexico, and thier experiences and challenges in order to visualize possible articulations for the application of NBS as a response to social innovation and resilience.

Antonieta Peregrina
Carmen Romo

FIELD TRIPS

14:45

¡Vamos a hacer un bosque urbano! Un recorrido por la Reserva Natural de la Sociedad Civil Horizontes en los Cerros Orientales de Bogotá (Spanish)
Let’s visit “Reserva Horizontes” in Bogota! Horizontes is much more than a trail, it’s where community-led programs—restoration, orchards, Solid Waste Management, Arts—come together. The Eastern Hills are a 14.000 ha massive ecological treasure of Bogotá and “Horizontes” materializes Fundación Cerros’ broader vision: giving Bogotanos(as) a 52-km socio-ecological corridor.

Maria Mejia

Huerto comunitario en la ciudad de Valledupar, Colombia
Realizaremos un recorrido por el huerto comunitario Leonidas Acuña ubicado en la ciudad de Valledupar, Colombia donde enseñaremos como los huertos son una solución basada en la naturaleza que aportan a la construcción de ciudades verdes, saludables y alegres.

Duver Vides

The Urban Gateway to Nature and Science
Immerse yourself in The Chicago Academy of Science’s largest permanent exhibition, Nature Trails, a nearly 1/3 mile outdoor trail that takes you through urban prairie, wetland, butterfly garden, and woodland ecosystems. During our virtual hike, learn how the Nature Trails are leveraged by scientists, educators, and community members.

Sarah Anderson

Climate Adaptation strategies: Green infrastructure examples in the Netherlands and Hawaii
Videos showing examples of green infrastructure in the Netherlands and Hawaii, USA; talks about the local climate change adaptation goals to different hazards, and how inhabitants are involved in green infrastructure.

Karina Vink
Layla Kilolu

GARDEN PARTY

16:15

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

19:00

Excerpt from “Plastic Man” (film)
Yulia Kovanova

Youth of Kopeopeo: Taurahere Tangata – The binding of all people
Abraham Larsen, Whakatane, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Radical Gardening (film)
Paige Emery and Sara Suárez

Dialogue: Translating Biodiversity Science into Policy
Sivasothi N., NUS, Singapore
Lena Chan, N Parks, Singapore
Stephanie Groen, Aurecon, Singapore
Amit Jain, Singapore

TBD
Yun Hye Hwang, Singapore

BREAK

21:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

21:15

Making Climate Change More Visible Through Art
An interdisciplinary panel of 2 environmental artists, an ecologist and a public art manager will present projects that translate and visualize climate crisis and its effects on urban spaces. Participants will explore new ways to expose, translate, and deal with aspects of the climate crisis in this creative workshop.

Stacy Levy
Adam Kuby
Toby Query
Ruri Yampolsky
Kat Roma Greer

The nature of small cities
We will discuss how the nature of small cities can be different from the large cities we so commonly hear about. Speaking from nipaluna/Hobart, but also from our experiences on the mainland and overseas. We would love to hear your thoughts on research and practice on the nature of small-cities.

Dave Kendal
Emily Flies
Pauline Marsh
Penelope Jones

Remote Forest Therapy: Path to Resilience, Wellness and a Sustainable Future for People and Planet
Cinco guias de terapia forestal certificadas guiaran una hora y diez minutos de un sabor de terapia forestal remoto. Despues enteramos en una charla sobre maneras de avanzar la practica en comunidades diversas en la manera mas acesible para apoyar resliliencia y bienestar para la gente y la madre tierra

Tamberly Conway
Manuela Siegfried
Magaly Cintron
Anissa Hernandez
Monica Perez

Measuring Urban Nature Post-2020
This interactive session will invite attendees to discuss the development of urban nature measurement approaches that local governments can use and global institutions can integrate into cross-scalar initiatives.

Jennifer Pierce

FIELD TRIPS

21:15

Eagle Mountain and Belcarra Regional Park Nature Walk
To walk along a deactivated logging road underneath power lines within a rainforest of British Columbia. This road is near suburban subdivisions and accessible to many people. I want to show the different types of wild plants that grow here and share what I know about some of them.

Laara Cerman

The story of Elster Creek: what a creek can tell us about ourselves
On this field trip, we will follow the course of Elster Creek, which runs from Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs to Port Phillip Bay. Its form tells the story of stormwater management in Melbourne since white settlement, expressing the different values and priorities prevailing during the city’s development. It reveals ourselves.

Meredith Dobbie

Degraded and Resilient: a visit to California’s Salinas River
This is a visit to a few locations on the Salinas River, a highly managed, yet biologically important, river in central California. We will visit some sites along the river, chosen to discuss the high tension between the surrounding agricultural landscape and the river as an ecological corridor.

Mafe Gonzalez

GARDEN PARTY

22:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

Wednesday Feb 24

PLENARY

02:00

Wairua & Opanuku (films)
Tanya Ruka

Creativity as a catalyst to develop social capital—a crucial building block for sustainable future cities
Suné Stassen, Cape Town, South Africa

A Tree is a Living Thing (film)
Tim Colins & Reiko Goto

Dialogue: Beyond trees: what is an expanded role for and meaning of forests in cities?
Ana Macias Madrid
Andrej Verlič, Ljubljana
Yvonne Lynch Riyadh
Moderator: Liza Paqueo

Thinking ecologically about cities in the global south
Harini Nagendra, Bangalore

BREAK

04:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

04:15

Nature-based solutions for a green and equitable recovery in municipalities
A policy dialogue for South African cities on the role of nature based solutions in creating immediate jobs for low-skilled and informal sector workers most impacted by COVID-19 pandemic while achieving long-lasting change by making municipalities climate resilient, healthy and liveable.

Paul Currie
Louise Scholtz
Manisha Gulati
Liesbeth Casier
Karen Shippey

Serious Games to Integrate Nature in Urban Design and Planning
Concepts of urban design and planning, nature / NBS / ecosystem services, and serious games will be introduced to the audience. 1-3 serious games (for sustainability, NBS, etc.) will be played. Brainstorming opportunities for better integrating nature in cities through citizen engagement and cooperation of stakeholders will be conducted at the end.

Aura-Luciana Istrate
Perrine Hamel

Forestami – A three million trees campaign for the city of Milan
Forestami is a Three Million Trees Campaign for the Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy. It defines a new modus operandi for policymakers and urban planners, and activates virtuous processes between the public and private sector, with positive short and long-term benefits for future generations to come.

Maria Chiara Pastore
Eugenio Morello
Rossella Citterio
Livia Shamir
Piero Pelizzaro

Adding the non human other to human communing and right livelihood in the city
A workshop / interactive talk on experiences and examples of initiatives in some major cities in the Netherlands, mainly Amsterdam.

Rembrandt Zegers
Henkjan Laats

FIELD TRIPS

04:15

A walkthrough the urban forest Uday Upvan in Delhi NCR
Uday Upvan is an urban forest created by GMT and is spread over 15 acres in Delhi NCR. This is an example of a barren and degraded piece of land transformed into a lush urban green site of 50,000+ trees in only 3 years.

Akshat Tyagi
Peepal Baba
Mohammad Shahid
Ishtiyak Ahamad

Nature-Based Solutions in urban areas: The case of Solaro and Masate pilot interventions
The Metro Adapt project promoted the realization of 2 Nature Based runoff management systems in the Municipalities of Solaro and Masate. These interventions will be used as “training construction sites” to spread the knowledge about NBS among the technical staffs of the Municipalities, giving room for new similar realizations in the near future. The virtual field trip will show the intervention that has been realized in the municipality of Masate, explaining its main features and benefits both from a socio-economic and environmental point of view.

Marta Arosio

Nature-based Solutions in Small Cities: The Case of Nicosia
The trip takes participants through different small NBS solutions in the city of Nicosia: from pollinator gardens along the river, to shading installations and a communal garden right in the center of the old town of Nicosia. It is the journey of a small Mediterranean city towards sustainability.

Myrto Skouroupathi
Maria Achilleos

GARDEN PARTY

05:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

08:00

Journey to Lioness (poetry)
Naho Iguchi

Earth-centred governance, regenerative justice, Afrikan spirituality
Wangũi wa Kamonji, Nairobi, Kenya

“Superblock Poblenou” Stories of Urban (In)Justice in Barcelona (documentary)
Alberto Bougleux

Dialogue: How do we activate the construction sector in mainstreaming nature-based solutions?
Rodolphe Deborre, Rabot Dutilleul
Susanne Formanek, GRÜNSTATTGRAU

Conversation: Secretary General ALDA
Antonella Valmorbida

BREAK

10:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

10:15

Working together: a graphic story of Carpinelo community transformation (Medellín)
Alrededor del barrio Carpinelo (Medellín), utilizando croquis y bocetos desarrollar un guión, identificar personajes y la dinámica narrativa para un cómic. Será una herramienta visual de integración de ciencia, tecnología y arte para acercar a todos a las problemáticas socioambientales, promoviendo un relato común sobre el pasado, presente y futuro

Jorge Luis Vásquez Munoz
Elmer Muñoz
Joanna Winograd
Manuel Winograd

Áreas de Conservación de la biodiversidad en ciudades latinoamericanas: ¿quién, cómo y dónde?
Será un espacio de intercambio de experiencias y percepciones sobre la importancia de las áreas de conservación de la biodiversidad en entornos urbanos. Se espera que, a partir de un contexto regional y de la exposición de casos latinoamericanos, se genere una discusión sobre la valoración de los ecosistemas urbanos.

Juliana Echeverri
Ricardo Peñuela
Clara Matallana
Diana Ruiz
Mónica Santa

Soul in the city – connecting our inner and external nature
We´ll explore through a short presentation, meditation and interactive breakout rooms how to overcome the human/nature dichotomy. We will discuss what it means to be a human being in cities and how we can experience urban nature as an sentient, soulful member of our kin.

Martina Artmann
Katharina Artmann

Urban Trees and Citizens: Exploring Co-Living Benefits with i-Tree Toolbox in Europe
What information citizens need to realize the importance of urban greening? How to estimate ecosystem services provided by urban trees in the easiest, cheapest, understandable, but scientifically sound way? A discussion and experience exchange among practical users of i-Tree inventory tools and everyone interested to launch it in European cities.

Oleksandra Khalaim
Rocco Pace
Amalia Calderón-Argelich
Naomi Zucher
Kenton Rogers
Marisa Graça
Johan Ostberg

Tackling the issue of food waste in cities

Nina Loncarevic

Plan de Renaturalización de Medellín
El plan de Renaturalizacion es un proyecto de la alcaldía de Medellín que está en desarrollo por parte de la secretaria de medio ambiente. Está enfocado en la gestión del verde específicamente en la planeacion Multiescalar, busca implementar en la ciudad las Soluciones Basadas en la naturaleza promoviendo la sostenibilidad.

Marcela Noreña

Early Career Network – Nature-based Solutions for Urban Resilience in the Anthropocene (NATURA)
Nature-based Solutions have emerged as a mainstream intervention for solving global challenges. However, NBS are defined variously by different academic disciplines, practitioner types, and cultural contexts. We propose a guided discussion to explore the understandings NBS, motivations, and the personal and professional challenges and opportunities for doing NBS oriented work.

Yeowon Kim
Zbigniew Grabowski

FIELD TRIPS

10:15

An exploration of Freshkills Park, the world’s largest landfill-to-park transformation
We will take a tour of the site of the in-development Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY. On the site of the former Fresh Kills Land Fill, the park project encompasses 2,200 acres of grasslands, tidal wetlands, and woodlands undergoing a massive urban ecological transformation.

Cait Field

El bosque urbano de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid: un paseo hablando sobre árboles
We will discover the UPM university urban forest: how many trees do we have, what are they doing for us and what are the projects we are carrying on to find out how urban forests and trees can improve our cities and our lives.

Ana Macias

Exploring local nature-based graffiti in the Woodstock neighborhood in Cape Town: what’s there and why?
We will wander through lower Woodstock and explore the nature-based graffiti that is a feature of this poor but rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Cape Town.

Pippin Anderson

GARDEN PARTY

11:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

12:30

Dancing with Trees (performances)
Nadia Vadori-Gauthier

Ciudades construidas y contrucción de confianza (ES)
Carolina Urrutia, Bogotá, Colombia

“Tres Turons” Stories of Urban (In)Justice in Barcelona (documentary)
Alberto Bougleux

TBD (FR)
Jean Lemire, Montreal, Canada
Moderatrice: Tamy Emma Pepin

Dialogue: Designing and implementing nature based solutions in Brazil? (PT)
Sophia Picarelli, São Paulo
Juliana Baladelli Ribeiro, Curitiba
Guilherme Castagna, São Paulo
Moderator: Cecilia Herzog

BREAK

14:30

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

14:45

Community Art: Empowering Spaces, Empowering People
How is space perceived and how can it be transformed to affect the livability of a city? This interactive session will demonstrate how art, culture, and nature can have positive influences on people and their use of shared public spaces, recognizing that by empowering spaces, you also empower the community.

David Manzanares
Yesenia Juarez
Michael Rizo

Intercontinental women voices of experiences and challenges on NATURE BASED SOLUTIONS FACING URBAN INFORMALITY
A panel of international practitioners on NBS will provide a global perspective on urban informality using the city of Bogota, Colombia, as a stepping stone for discussion about how different cities around the world address the intersection of urban development and informal dynamics, tracing parallels or differences.

Duvan Lopez
Antonieta Peregrina
Nadya Milena Rangel
Math Feagan
Carlos Agudelo

Inmigración y emprendimiento sostenible
A través de esta sesión se intenta ver el valor añadido de la inmigración y el emprendimiento sostenible, indispensable en un camino hacia el bienestar social y la economía circular. Dando la posibilidad de hacer un consumo responsable dentro de la ciudad.

Vanina Elena Di Salvo

Bosques urbanos para todos: Evaluando sus beneficios y mejorando su manejo
We will ask the audience about the benefits and equity of urban forest in their cities and who takes care of trees. We will show examples of how to estimate benefits and connect organizations for working together. We will discuss how government can support groups for urban forest management.

Maria Arroyave

Equitable Access to High Quality Urban Nature
Equitable access to nature is a critical priority for cities. Less common is a commitment to ensure urban nature is biodiverse. Through a combination of large and small group discussions, this session will explore ways to define, and integrate to “high quality” urban nature.

JD Brown
Catherine Werner
Priya Tallam

Struggling with change, an unsolved challenge: Adoption of new technologies to foment sustainable cities
1. Present two examples (in Peru and Uganda) about the introduction of environmentally-friendly low-tech technologies (e.g. dry toilets) to solve health-related issues.
2. Dialogue with the public on the introduction/adoption of environmentally friendly technologies.
3. Brainstorming session: What activities can be done to push forward the adoption of new technologies?

Nicole Heise
Andrew Doty

Design for Distancing – Reactivating Baltimore’s Public Realm
Design for Distancing is a tactical urban design initiative intended to help small businesses in Baltimore reopen or continue to operate during Covid-19 without compromising public health, and seeks to support social gathering through safe physical distancing.

Heidi Thomas

FIELD TRIPS

14:45

Experience Forest Park: America’s Premier Urban Forest (English and Spanish)
Stretching along the Tualatin Mountains, Forest Park overlooks the Portland Metropolitan area and offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience a Northwest forest without ever leaving city limits. Join our Executive and Conservation Director for a guided hike that talks about how the community engages with this 5,200-acre urban forest.

Renée Myers
Alejandro Orizola

Cerro de la Mesa: El origen de Ecopil
Charlaremos sobre como la conservación del Cerro de la Mesa en Apaxco fue el proyecto que dio origen a nuestra organización, resaltaremos su importancia ecológica y como la mancha urbana ha comenzado a amenazarlo.

Carlos Antonio González Palma

Urban Infrastructure Expansion, Changing Land Use and Implications on the Environment.
The trip will explore the highly congested Takoradi Market, arising from the influx of migrants, which is being associated with the oil and gas discovery in the Western region. The trip will proceed to strategic areas to ascertain how the situation is compelling major infrastructural transformations and changing land use.

Anthony Agee-kum

GARDEN PARTY

16:15

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

19:00

Meditations on Human:Nature vol. 5: Water (film)
Patrick M. Lydon

TBD
Shawn Lum, Singapore

TrashLab: A Theme Park of Waste (film)
Yu Lei

Dialogue: What are the challenges and prospects for green urbanism in China today?
Wemei Bai, Canberra
Pengfei Xie, Beijing
Weiqi Zhou, Beijing
Moderated by Fish Yu

TBD
Ken Yeang
Kuala Lumpur

BREAK

21:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

21:15

Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement for Coastal Resilience
Many coastal cities are turning to nature-based solutions to increase resilience. Who should take part in the resilience-building process and how? This workshop will explore various engagement processes that support climate resilient planning of coastal communities. We will identify strengths and weaknesses of engagement solutions and recommendations from participants’ experiences.

Devansh Jain

Exploring how we connect and commit to the earth through traditional and contemporary cultural practices
This session explores how we connect (and commit) to the earth through traditional and contemporary cultural practices. Three diverse voices that have explored their world through an art and cultural transmission engage to discuss how we can connect more deeply to water and the land.

Toby Query
Fernanda D’Agostino
Philip Red Eagle
Miguel Petchkovsky

Forest Therapy Trails: Restoration and Resiliency for Land and People
Certified Forest Therapy Trails are mechanisms for bringing healing, resiliency and sustainability to the land and people. The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy hosts numerous trails throughout the world. The story will share overall opportunities for establishing FT Trails and highlight the first FT Trail on National Forest lands.

Anissa Hernandez
Tamberly Conway
Michelle Lopez Lorenzo
Elizabeth Martinez

FIELD TRIPS

21:15

Dry forest, city and culture (Valledupar, Colombia)
I´ll make a tour by the northern part of Valledupar city, showing emblematic trees of the Colombian Caribbean Region, the river, and ill talk about how important these are for the community and Colombian culture.Also I´ll be talking about the phenology of the trees and adaptation of the dry forest to dry season.

Sonia Camargo

GARDEN PARTY

22:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

Thursday Feb 25

PLENARY

02:00

Love walls (film)
Anna Recasens

Conversation: How does street art influence urban perception, city landscape and development planning? (ENG)
Naa Korkor L., Accra
Hassan Ismail, Cairo
Nana S. Achampong, Accra

The Multicultural Life of Clouds (documentary)
Typhoon Queens

Dialogue: Just the facts? No. Let’s tell better stories about our in urban natures. How would we do it?
Moderator: Paul Currie, Rehab
Manuel Winograd, Amsertdam
David Haley, Manchester

Conversation: Vegetation is the Future of Architecture
Gary Grant
Stefano Boeri
Sophie Deramond

BREAK

04:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

04:15

Inspiring Community Innovators
We intend to spark inspiration for participants to look into their own communities to identify social challenges. We seek to inspire them to be community innovators to fall in love with the problem and find creative technological solutions. We’ll invite 2 groups of community innovators to share their experiences.

Kristine Teoh
Wan Ying Weng

Sustainable living and early childhood
This seed sessions will discuss the destructive nature of humans towards nature.

Pragati Chaswal
Deviya Prabhakar

A Walk in the Park: Healthy and Unhealthy Spaces in the Modern City
Here, I explore historical associations between parks & health in the modern city, before asking the group to think through experiences of urban green space. We will ponder on parks as vital places for breathing & walking and explore how that idea has become especially significant today.

Karen Jones

How to increase the use of effective nature-based solutions in urban planning?
After a short scene setting talk, to present some ongoing work in the ReNature project, this seed session will take the format of a discussion during which participants can share their experiences about the use NbS in cities, and their effectiveness in leading to co-benefits to biodiversity and human well-being.

Mario V Balzan
Miriam Grace
Lynn Dicks
Marcus Collier
Davide Geneletti

Building resilient human and natural habitats through the use of local materials in Western Africa
It aims to discuss approaches to resilience, sustainability and liveability through the lens of building materials within projects, which entail the participation of prospective users and their wider community in the process of design and building, and rethinks the idea of what is local in the context of western Africa.

Maria Panta

Decolonizing and Greening the Curriculum of Schools: Lessons from Tanzania’s Education for Self-Reliance Policy
It revisits education of self-reliance in decolonizing the curriculum in Tanzania. It reflects on what inspirations and lessons can be carried forward and transmitted in the 21st Century education systems and schools, where there is a need both for decolonizing and greening the education curriculums as climate change is accelerating.

Joseph Agyei Danquah

How to ignite open innovation at the community level? Insights from the Circular Design Lab
The Circular Design Lab will share how community members can utilize systemic design to take action against some of the most complex challenges facing the world. We’ll share how the 100% volunteer-driven open innovation lab has been tackling waste, plastic and air pollution since the start of 2019.

Courtney Savie Lawrence

A new curriculum in university lecturing — Merging ecology and planning
There is no city without nature and no landscape without settlement. But what seems so self-evident to us harbours still numerous conflicts: Disciplinary – Organizational – Linguistic – Cultural. We have to make a shift – this starts already in education in order to be able to develop sustainable cities.

Anke Domschky
Nathalie Baumann

FIELD TRIPS

4:15

Garden city’s farming habits: a field tour in Bengaluru, India
Urban farming has deeply personal benefits that can also accrue to meet broader urban sustainability goals. Conversing with three practitioners (an urban farmer, a permaculturist, and an entrepreneur) from Bengaluru, India, the field trip will discuss their experiences, perceived benefits and contributions to ecological, social and economic sustainability.

Sheetal Patil
Parama Roy
Maitreyi Koduganti Venkata

Following historical tracks to novel urban wilderness in Berlin
Follow overgrown railroad tracks towards the historical Tempelhof airport in the heart of Berlin, and greet novel thriving post-industrial wilderness. While visiting my research sites, where plants evolve and invade from all over the world, you will hear tales of how post-war Berlin influenced research and people’s relation to nature.

Maud Bernard-Verdier

GARDEN PARTY

05:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

08:00

Guitar Sounds in Patagonian Nature (music)
Juan Ignacio Gentilini

Inclusive Nature-Based solutions as a catalyst for improved public space planning for future cities
Mohammed Adjei Sowah, Accra, Ghana

City in body (film)
Sonia Pérez Olmedillo & Malu Cayetano Molina

Dialogue: Urban biodiversity: what are the top things the CBD’s post 2020 biodiversity goals need to accomplish in relation to cities?
Didier Babin, Paris
Chantal van Ham, Brussels
Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm
Moderator: Ingrid Coetzee

The Green Divide: Urban struggles for environmental justice
Isabelle Anguelovski, Barcelona, Spain

BREAK

10:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

10:15

Urbanzación de zonas rurales: viñedos, turismo y alojamiento
When a rural project thrives, tourist and housing developers ruin it. The growth of gastro-eno tourism is destroying a beautiful small wine country known as Valle de Guadalupe. We have all the top-down planning instruments but now we need the bottom-up actions to redefine the future of this prosperous valley

IIeana Espejel

Wellness in Nature Through Birding
During a time of global health disparities and social isolation, many have turned to nature and birding as form of wellness. This session will engage participants in an exchange of ideas about the benefits, challenges, and best practices of engaging communities with culturally relevant, wellness centered birding and nature experiences.

Carina Ruiz
Ivonne Chavez
Luis Morales
Milton Byers
Nanci Sarmiento

Nature in an existing and stony inner city dotted with monuments
Sharing experiences and ideas on how you can include nature in a most urbanised environment. We struggle with an inner city that has a lot of monumental buildings and protected sights. I would like to show what we have already achieved and hear your experiences.

Ingeborg Swart

Place: A Personal Affair. An Experiment in the “Psychoanalysis” of Particular Places
Places, like people, have personalities. Placehood resonates within the depths of our beings. Participants will propose a place of significance and represent it, “personifying” it on the analyst’s couch. This will take the form of a dialogue on WhatsApp. During the festival, each place will be presented and discussed.

Joseph Rabie

Choreography for an embodied ecology – a score for all bodies and the environment
Bodies Intersect Buildings Seed Session entitled “Choreography for an Embodied Ecology – a score for all bodies in the environment” is an interactive session consisting of a short intro talk and a new open practice choreography developed for TNOCF, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Danica Selem

Soluciones basadas en la naturaleza (NBS) en ciudades de América Latina
Share 3 or 4 experiences from Latin America that are starting to implement nature-based solutions and how these can contribute to more resilient, sustainable, equitable, and livable cities. Discuss challenges, barriers, and opportunities. To maintain the interest of attendees, real-time polls and questions are proposed to fuel the discussion.

Rossana Landa
Isabel Garcia Coll

Towards Sustainable communities: a multidisciplinary approach
The session consists of bringing together the opinion of professionals in various areas related to the urban field regarding their ideas and thoughts on how to achieve more sustainable cities and communities. Each speaker will briefly present a specific topic so that a discussion can take place afterward.

Ariela Valverde
Maria Jose Jimenez
Sally Torres
Natalia Duarte

BLISS Meadows – An Urban Farm and Community Education Initiative Led By / For Black Baltimoreans
The mission of the BLISS Meadows project is to “engage communities of color in Baltimore on nature connection, urban agriculture, self-reliance, and sustainability.” Urban designers, non-profit organizations, and community stakeholders are collaborating on an ecological master plan focused on education, environment, and equity.

Heidi Thomas
Cherisse Otis

FIELD TRIPS

10:15

Ravines: how Guatemala City is covered in urban forests without knowing it
It’s a field trip to ravines in Guatemala, especially one named Jungla Urbana, where neighbors have gathered to protect the urban forest. These are the forgotten areas that provide ecosystem services to a population that doesn’t know they exist.

Lucrecia Masaya

El arbolado de la Ciudad de México: su evaluación, manejo y desafíos
We’ll visit some important parks and sites in the city to show the reality of tree cities. We’ll talk about different methods and tools we use to evaluate trees, some keys to make a good assessment, as well as some advises and challenges for improving urban forest management

Fabiola López
Maira Gazca
Luis Ortiz
Carlos Bravo

ForEverton Commons: from post-industrial heritage to extraordinary wildflower viewpoint, once Europe’s most densely-populated neighbourhood
Starting at Everton Community Garden, we (resident historian, ecologist, producer) will point out historic points of interest, dramatic viewpoints, sharing insights from local people and children, walking through several wildflower mosaics, looking out over the Mersey and finishing at a new wildflower site in Anfield, next to the LFC stadium.

Polly Moseley
Adam Byrne
Richard Scott

GARDEN PARTY

11:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

12:30

The Swan in Downtown (music)
Chan Kim

Let’s talk about Cities, Justice and the “Good Life”: Five theses on urbanisation and the planetary ecosocial challenge
Marcelo Lopes de Souza, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

SPROUT Poetry Journal Launch

Conversation
Mary Miss
Steward Picket
Walter Hood

Conversation: Young people: How do we involve youth more in thinking about, creating, and planning their own cities and future cities? (ES)
Diana Wiesner, Bogotá
Laura Shillington, Montreal

BREAK

14:30

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

Letters from the Imagination
In which I’ll invite people to send their own letter or drawings to someone else. A list of regular mail addresses will be provided. The project will last until the latest letter is delivered.

Emilio Fantin

Hagamos visible el vacío (Río Tunjuelo, Bogotá)
The session aims to expose the lack of visibility of the environmental impacts left behind by mining on the Tunjuelo River, and find ideas to address the spacial segregation and the physical barriers on this area of Bogotá city.

Juana Leal

Greening Urban Communities through Health, Arts and Nature Connections
USFS and partners supported youth leading conservation efforts through food forest service-learning projects, facilitating environmental programs from early childhood through high school and beyond, guiding peer-to-peer learning opportunities, serving as role models and creating health and nature connections that fuel numerous aspects of the Environmental Justice movement.

Tamberly Conway
Paola Silva
John Warner
Franklin Cruz

Start, Stop, Continue: Applying lessons learned to post-COVID urban environmental education programming
The past year has forced a dramatic shift in the design and delivery of environmental and nature-based education programs. This session will examine successes and failures that have emerged from this shift. Session participants will consider how lessons learned can be applied to educational programming, both short and long-term.

David Bild
Carina Ruiz
Sarah Anderson
Michelle Rabkin
Ivonne Chavez

NYC Parks Trail Maintainer Program – Stewardship of Urban Nature Trails
An overview of the NYC Parks Trail Maintainer Program. Break out into discussion guided by the following prompts to explore how engagement of current and potential volunteers can be implemented: What are people looking for in a volunteer experience? How can we most effectively recruit a multicultural and multigenerational group?

Josh Otero

FIELD TRIPS

14:45

Building an agenda to achieve fantastic public spaces in the best city of the world
Through this tour, we will get to know the nature that surrounds the city of La Paz and its public spaces, as well as the challenges we face to achieve a better management of nature in the urban area.

Alejandra Campos

Breathe/Respirar 1: A green infrastructure tale of two schoolyards (in Sheffield and Buenos Aires) (Spanish & English)
Un relato de infraestructura verde en dos patios de escuela (en Sheffield y Buenos Aires)

In Sheffield and Buenos Aires we’ll visit pilot schools serving as case studies to explore use of green barriers around school playgrounds to improve air quality, children’s health, and facilitate contact with nature. We’ll discuss the different ways the projects unfolded and invite audience input and sharing of similar experiences.

Maria del Carmen Redondo Bermudez
Verónica Fabio
Juan Miguel Kanai
Janice Astbury

Listening to Dutch Kills
This walk explores the Dutch Kills, a tributary of the Newtown Creek, highlighting the hidden ecologies and green spaces around this polluted urban landscape. This walk is based upon the artists’ 2019 sound walk “Listening to Dutch Kills” and will include creative sound pieces from the perspectives of several species.

Nathan Kensinger
Sarah Nelson Wright
Catherine Grau

Campus of Landscape Architecture School: Our Real-World Lab of Nature in Cities
Real-world labs enable social learning among researchers, students, practitioners and the public. We invite you on a tour of the university campus in Rapperswil, Switzerland to discuss our approach of teaching and researching sustainable open space design (e.g. horticulture, biodiversity, rainwater, solar energy, digitalisation) in our urban lab.

Kevin Vega
Mark Krieger
Cengiz Akandil
Christoph Kueffer
Jasmin Joshi

Los beneficios ambientales y sociales de las áreas verdes urbanas en Medellín, Colombia.
Haremos recorridos por algunas áreas verdes urbanas de Medellín para mostrar sus múltiples beneficios. Presentaremos herramientas para evaluar los servicios de los árboles urbanos e identificar los actores interesados en conservarlos. Discutiremos temas de equidad en la distribución de áreas verdes y estrategias de manejo para optimizar sus beneficios.

Maria Arroyave

GARDEN PARTY

16:15

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

19:00

Open Homes NZ (film)
Charles Buenconsejo

Conversation: Infrastructure urbaine basée sur la nature : intégrer les fonctions, le paysage et la nature (FR)
Jonathan Cha, Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal
M. Jerôme Dupras, Université Quebec, Montreal
Modersator: Alison Munson, Montreal

Tide Fields: Arts project for the tidal
Schuylkill River (documentary)

Stacy Levy

Dialogue: Reshape the food-scape in cities: A yummy way to reconnect to nature crating food security
Pui Cuifeng, Singapore
Tang Hung Bun, Singapore
Speaker 3: TBD
Moderator: Xinyue

TBD
William Chan, Australia

BREAK

21:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

21:15

How climate change can empower new horizons in hybrid arts in education and stimulate resiliency
90 min exploration of bias, obstacles and answers through listening to who came and why to this session. Working groups under talking circle and open space rules. Share the problems we are addressing and find out where our blind spots are and who or what can help.

Bo Lebo
Robbie Breadon
Pauric Dolan

Urban Conspiracies – Designing with Other Species
This is a workshop to discuss how we can co-design our urban landscapes with other species and natural agents (e.g. wind, water) to allow spontaneous, unpredictable processes to happen in the city. We will discuss the diversity and function of co-designed spaces, focusing on small, under-recognized spaces.

Felix de Rosen
Mafe Gonzalez

After COVID-19: the evolving urban nature experience
Urban parks and protected and conserved areas are vital to the health and well-being of millions of urban dwellers across the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has put this connection into urgent focus in major cities where most of the world’s population live. This session is about what’s next for parks.

Jo Hopkins
Greg Moore

Compostaje domiciliario como estrategia para la valorización de residuos orgánicos
Cerca del 50% de todos los residuos que diariamente son enviados a disposición final son de origen orgánico y podrían ser utilizados para producir abonos de alta calidad útiles en para huertas y jardines, el compostaje domiciliario es una metodología fácil y adaptable a las necesidades y recursos diposnibles.

Mauricio Cogollo Rueda

FIELD TRIPS

21:15

Buried Alive. Justice for East River Park.
The East River Park is planned to be buried by the city. The virtual field walk will be guided by mosses and trees of the East River Park to say HELLO and THANK YOU to all the visible and invisible living non-human and human beings.

Andrea Haenggi

Grove Hall Green Eco-Innovation District: the Roxbury/Dorchester Highlands, a “Receiving Community for Climate Refugees”
Positioning Greater Grove Hall, historic heart of Boston’s Black community, as a Green Eco-Innovation Zone and it’s highlands context to optimize it’s future potential as a receiving community for “climate refugees” from the 300,000 plus Boston residents displaced by sea level rise by 2100.

Patricia S. Loheed
Yingli Zheng
Chien-Yu Lin

GARDEN PARTY

22:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

Friday Feb 26

PLENARY

02:00

Dancing with Trees 5
(performance)

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier

Access to alternative green spaces in the city of Cairo
Abdallah Tawfic, Cairo, Egypt

How to Become a Rock 바위가 되는 법 (theater)
Haeweon Yi

Dialogue: How can we create safe public/green spaces for women? What are the considerations and guidelines?
Moderator: Abdallah Tawfic
Tina Jaskolski , Cairo
Huda Shaka, Jeddah City
Maria Panta, Cairo

Conversation: Are people changed by interactions with wild urban nature?
Marcus Collier, Dublin
Kevin Vega, Dublin

BREAK

04:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

04:15

Know your city, Know your role!
A city’s nature is determined not only by architectural development but also by the people and its history. Our session shall focus on an understanding of how we as students and professionals can lead a city into the future keeping in mind nature of people, communities and cities history.

Paurush Singhal
Aakriti Agarwal

Fire in the Belly: Advocacy and Action for Urban Nature
In dark times visions of urban nature need rekindling, to get back to solid themes of heart and soul, and intent and purpose. A time to share passions and hopes, and the best of narratives. With a sharing of UK Urban Ecology Forum themes and hopes as a prompt.

Richard Scott
Tim Webb

Izazovan put ka ko-kreaciji: Kako integrisati prirodom-inspirisana rešenja u planiranje i javne politike u Srbiji? (Serbian) The bumpy road to co-creation: How to integrate nature-based solutions into Serbian planning and policies?
Nature-based solutions integration into planning and policy-making in Serbia has been initiated by CEUS, via the implementation of the CLEVER Cities Horizon 2020 project, in particular via co-creation of an urban plan for the new Linear Park in Belgrade. This resulted in setting up BELgrade urban living LAB – BELLAB.

Ana Mitic-Radulovic
Marija Martinovic

Mainstreaming NBS for adaptive cities: How to coordinate actions and build lasting networks of innovation

Julian Swinkels
Claudia De Luca
Nieves Miestre
Stephen Passmore
Elena Lopez-Gunn

The Impact of Covid 19 on Tourism in Ireland: A Case Study of Dublin City
The pandemic devastated the tourism sector especially for cities who solely depend on tourism for their livelihood. There is an urgent need for scholars and other relevant stakeholders to have a dialogue on the possible ways forward towards the future survival and sustainability of cities.

Vreny Enongene
Nicholas Kiruma
Sylvia Gavigan
David Nyaluke

Self-care within nature during covid-19 pandemic: transformation and cultivation of nature experience
During covid-19 pandemic nature was (and is) for many of us place of health regeneration, healing, resourcing and recovery. Please join us in this co-creation seed sessions to share your experiences how nature was (and still is) for you an environment and resource of health recovery, support, connection and resilience!

Vitalija Povilaityte-Petri

FIELD TRIPS

04:15

In search of water: coping with challenges in an informal community in Yangon, Myanmar
This field trip will take viewers through an informal settlement in Dala township, in Yangon. Dala is a largely disconnected township with very low access to water. This scarcity is particularly felt in informal settlements that rely on rainwater reservoirs which, however, have been drying up faster by the year.

Marina Kolovou Kouri
Aung Zaw Moe

GARDEN PARTY

05:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

08:00

Earthing June (film)
Earthing Project

Conversation: Climate adaptation with Glasgow Councillor Anna Richardson: How can a city government be effective in climate adaptation?
Anna Richardson

Mosholu (film)
Francheska Alcantara
Maya Ciarrocchi

TBD

Conversation: Liens entre zones urbaines et rurale: Comment renforcer les téléconnexions pour améliorer la biodiversité? (FR)
Moderator: Oliver Hillel
Jean-Marie Cishahayo
Gilles Lecuir

BREAK

10:00

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

10:15

Decolonizando Perspectivas: observando padrões coloniais no design urbano contemporâneo
Exploramos as raízes coloniais das cidades no Sul Global através da relação Portugal-Brasil no planejamento e desenho urbano e seu papel na perpetuação do colonialismo em nossas mentes, culturas, convenções e leis de planejamento em cidades contemporâneas. A descolonização do design urbano traz resiliência social e climática às nossas cidades.

Anna Clara De Nardin

Ensuring equity in access and involvement in green public spaces
Equal access and involvement for all communities is key to the work of London National Park City. The social, economic and environmental impacts of lack of green space and involvement in decision making are well documented. How should we all be working to overcome barriers and support communities?

Ed Santry
Floree Zama-Neagra

Natura jako klucz do dobrostanu mieszkańców i tożsamości miejsca
Societal and environmental challenges call for actions for human and planetary health. In multi-stakeholder group we will discuss how to simultaneously stimulate growth of social and natural capital of cities. It requires consensus over unpopular decisions, long-term planning, individual responsibility and finally transfer of scientific knowledge to society.

Kinga Krauze
Wiktoria Czarnecka
Renata Włodarczyk-Marciniak

People Vṛkṣá
Our Seed Session will examine the Nature of Humanity within the Urban in a time of unprecedented virtuality – Perceptions of Separation / Belonging in Cities and their Nature through a thematic presentation of image triggers based on our two-year collection of lost shoes while exploring districts in Berlin.

Krittika Arvind
Sat ya

Beneficios y Oportunidades de las Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza en América Latina
a) Revisar los casos y buenas prácticas de NBS en la región. Se va a lanzar un llamado conjuntamente con la Red Latinamericana de Humedales de Tratamiento (HUPANAM)
b) Buscar las lecciones aprendidas a nivel local y comunitario
c) Cuales son las Barreras y Facilitadores

Jordi Morato
Elizabeth Cook
Carlos Arias
Gladys Vidal

Comunicación y periodismo creativo para chicos en/sobre la Naturaleza
Taller interactivo para niños. Propone formatos básicos de periodismo, y desarrolla habilidades de comunicación y narrativas sobre el valor y cuidado del medio ambiente. Hacerlo en el Jardín Botánico de Ushuaia suma el contacto con la belleza y vida allí presentes.

Alejandra Toronchik

Fruiting Bodies
An interactive conversation exploring the conviction that the urban landscape be shaped by an engagement with a varied public in participatory rituals of cultivation and care, rather than minimal maintenance protocols and efficiency. The distinctive pawpaw tree, its history, growing conditions and physicality, serve as a catalyst for discussion.

Elliott Maltby
Ariane Harrision
Nancy Smith
Cathryn Dwyre

Supporting Challenged Pollinators in the City
Workshop on the best practices and actions to attract and support varied species of pollinators in any city, including defragmenting pollinator habitat by creating connected pollinator pathways.

Kim Eierman

¡Manos a la obra! Un taller sobre “narrativas de protección” y su impacto en la producción desigual de naturaleza urbana
Elementos como “La carpa de la resistencia” y “El golfito” nos mostrarán cómo dos comunidades de estratos socioeconómicos opuestos construyeron una narrativa para proteger la naturaleza urbana en Cali (Colombia). Luego, el sello editorial Cohete Comics liderará un ejercicio de “narrativas de protección” con elementos del comic, ensayo gráfico, etc.

Maria Mejia
Felipe González
Pablo Guerra

FIELD TRIPS

10:15

Otters, heritage and whisky: River tales from Edinburgh
‘Daunder’ along the Water of Leith, through the annals of Scottish history. Between the dark Dean Valley and the silted docks, explore allotments, weirs and walls; art and graveyards; railways and wildlife. Marvel at a river restored and ponder the questions she conjures about ecology, equality and resilience.

Russell Galt

Grey-backed Mining Bees, Citizen Protest and the Future of Friche Josaphat: a Visual Narrative
Together with a bee specialist, we will visit a biodiverse, but contested, and soon to be developed site in the Brussels fringe. We will investigate how wild bees live on the site, and how their habitat will disappear as a result of large-scale urban development plans.

Jolein Bergers

Mingling Landscapes: From Cityscape to Peatscape
In this field trip we will take participants from the central station in Amsterdam to the peatland local to Amsterdam. In just a 30 minute bike ride we will leave the bustle of the city and head into the realm of the reeds, birds and peat.

Bethany Copsey

GARDEN PARTY

11:45

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.

PLENARY

12:30

Water (film)
Carmen Bouyer

Dialogue ¿Cómo pensar y planificar ciudades como lugares biodiversos? (How to think and plan cities as biodiverse places?)
Nicolás Galarza (Bogotá),
Eduardo Haene (Buenos Aires)
Daniela Rizzi (ICLEI Europa)
Modera: Maria Mejia (Bogotá) (ES)

Guitar Sounds in Patagonian Nature (music)
Juan Ignacio Gentilini

Dialogue: Landscape and Democracy: Viewing landscape as a route for more participation and better environments (ES)
Pere Sala, Barcelona
Martha Fajardo, Bogotá
Roberto Mulieri, Buenos Aires
Moderator: Claudia Mistelli

Civil Society is the glue that holds sustainable cities together
Mary Rowe, Toronto

BREAK

14:30

Watch microtalks, meet people or enjoy conversations in our garden

SEED SESSIONS

14:45

“Not a School”: Promoting Rooftop Gardening through Creative Education in Cairo, Egypt
This session introduces the work of an NGO called “Mish Madrasa – Not a School” in centering creative after-school education around rooftop gardens, using art as a methodology to engage the children of Cairo’s informal neighborhoods in urban farming.

Martina Jaskolski
Abdallah Tawfic
Mahmoud Shaltout

Fostering Communal Connections to the Outdoors through Ethnobotany
We will begin with a small presentation as an introduction to our topic. After our presentation we will hold a discussion on how participants could implement similar programs which rely on the local knowledge of leaders and participants.

Drew Slaney
Aleta Eng

Cambio climático, equidad y pandemia como conjugarlos?
Trabajaremos en un taller de co -creación para abordar nuevos tópicos dentro de la naturaleza en las ciudades.

Andres Plager
Iliana Pisarro
Lucila Buron

The Public Health of Your Happiness
This presentation will introduce the audience to the vast applications of the Study of Public Health, and evaluate how globally, the health, and well-being of populations are due to key contributions made by the field.

Kiahna Revan

Cómo involucrar a los ciudadanos en el cuidado de sus bosques urbanos
The seed session is gonna show an example of how I worked with meteorologists to engage Latinos in USA. I want to make an exercise to ID leaders in urban cities, ask participants how they have engaged people in their countries, etc.

Lucrecia Masaya

Stewardship Storytelling Circle: Embracing many ways of knowing urban nature
We will convene a “brave space” for exchange grounded in learning from place and each other to inspire cross-cultural dialogue about stewardship. Participants will work in small groups to share perspectives and experiences of caring for/with nature, and design their own “stewardship salon” based on cultivating communities of care.

Lindsay Campbell
Erika Svendsen
Michelle Johnson
Heather McMillen
Laura Landau

FIELD TRIPS

14:45

Caminando la costa de Buenos Aires
En Buenos Aires recorreremos las costanera norte y sur presentando los proyectos de rellenos y revitalizacion asi como los usos.

Ana Faggi

Step Into Joy: Claiming Your Walking Practice for Resilience, Reconnection and Self-Compassion and Environmental Discovery
Since COVID struck, walking has been incredibly important, especially to get off digital screens. We need to feel our body not mediated through technology, to remind us where we are, environment, and moments we have. Learn activities for exploring our unique relationship to location through walking practice. See more: amyoes.com/walk.

Amy Oestreicher

11 Palms: Documenting the public life of sacred trees in Bangalore

Daniel Phillips

GO HAWKING!
Getting a closer look at a day in the field of falconry with Wynter the Red-tailed Hawk and her falconer Emma.

Emma Gesiriech

BEHOLD: Illuminating Trees, Revealing the Invisible in Washington Square Park
Artist Kristin Jones, BEHOLD director, walks through Washington Square Park with Georgia Silvera Seamans, urban forester, founder of Eco Projects, discussing the seasonal natural phenomena, in relation to climate, plant and animal life. Arborist William Bryant Logan joins to discuss Jones’ project, a live AR experience at Manhattan’s oldest tree.

Kristin Jones
Georgia Silvera Seamans
William Bryant Logan

GARDEN PARTY

16:15

Gather in the Garden for conversation, music, videos, etc.