Livable cities

What will the cities of the future be like? That question has been explored for centuries. It drives the plot in countless works of fiction and film, with visions ranging from Ernest Callenbach’s optimistic Ecotopia to the dark and dysfunctional Los Angeles of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Entertainment aside, the matter of our metropolitan future has grown in urgency. …More »

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Toward a more livable urban world
June 24, 2014
For many people, nothing may seem less natural than a city. And yet cities are constructed from nature. They typically teem with life. More than this, cities can even be the key to sustainability. Smart urban design lowers the human footprint on the Earth. …More »
Harvey Jacobs: A global view of urban growth
June 24, 2014
Urbanization is one of the most profound trends reshaping the human presence on the planet. More than half of the global population now lives in cities, a figure expected to grow to at least 75 percent by the end of this century. …More »
Growing food in forgotten spaces
June 24, 2014
After learning of a 16-page city inventory of foreclosed vacant property that in some cases was being released for free or at low cost, Amanda Fuller jumped at the chance to farm one small portion. …More »
Hungry for more
June 24, 2014
The majority of food consumed in American cities is transported from at least 1,500 miles away. And yet, in urban areas like Detroit, more than half of the population is out of reach of fresh food, shopping for meals at the corner liquor store or convenience mart. …More »
Movement as medicine
June 24, 2014
The more you move, the healthier you’ll be. Jeff Sledge, a faculty associate of the Nelson Institute, lives by that code. He studies how people move around the cities in which they live, and how that affects their health. …More »
Clearing the air
June 24, 2014
About half of the U.S. population lives in counties that are failing air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. And globally, air pollution has been identified as the world’s biggest environmental health risk. …More »
A livable city solution
June 24, 2014
When it comes to urban energy – and its ever-increasing consumption – Mike Corradini believes resiliency, reliability and accessibility will be critical factors in ensuring a sustainable supply. …More »
Social networks boost heat wave resilience
June 24, 2014
Finding ways to enable social networks through community planning may save lives. When extreme events such as heat waves occur, neighborhoods with more social interaction are likely to be more resilient. …More »
Readying communities for rising seas
June 24, 2014
The climate-related trend of global sea level rise is accelerating, with enormous implications for coastal communities. Some populations, because of political, social, economic and environmental conditions, have greater vulnerability than others. …More »
Helping communities prepare for change
June 24, 2014
Over the last several decades, Wisconsin has seen an increase in extreme weather and variability, and these conditions are likely to become more common in the years ahead. These trends will challenge cities throughout the state, so the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts is helping communities adapt. …More »
Investing in Nelson
June 24, 2014
Rebecca Wodder joins board of visitors, John Nelson transitions to emeritus member, and $250,000 gift supports political ecology student research. …More »
First person: Energized in Uganda
June 24, 2014
A journal report from environmental studies major Anna Meding, who was among a student team that traveled to Uganda in January to help construct a biogas system at the Lweza Primary School, providing improved public hygiene and a reliable source of renewable energy. …More »

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Alumni notes and awards
June 24, 2014
Updates from the careers and lives of alumni, plus the recipients of two new annual awards established to spotlight the accomplishments of our nearly 4,000 alumni. …More »

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