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Making Cities Livable: Q&A

07/09/13 | View Comments

The International Making Cities Livable Council is an interdisciplinary, international network of individuals and cities dedicated to making our cities and communities more livable. Board member, Suzanne Lennard, Ph.D. (Arch), is one of the co-founders of the International Making Cities Livable Conference and has held many academic posts from University of California, Berkley all the way to Brookes University in Oxford, England.  Through her vision, the IMCL Conferences pay special attention to the indispensable role of public spaces for connecting the city’s inhabitants and developing community. These Conferences are organized around the idea that we must make our cities “not only ecologically sound, but also socially sustainable.”

Following the recent 49th IMCL Conference in Portland, Oregon, Lennard provided us with critical context on just what makes a city livable, and some of the contextual history on how our nation’s cities and suburbs strayed from livability—and what we can learn from other counties in getting back to healthy, livable places to live, learn and play.

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Open Voices News Roundup: July 1

07/01/13 | View Comments

Every week, we bring you the latest news in placemaking, landscape architecture, the nature-mental health link, and much more. Check back each week for new roundups and items.

Connecting With Nature Boosts Creativity and Health
“”I’ve been arguing for a while that connection to nature should be thought of as a human right,” Richard Louv told the crowd assembled in the courtyard of National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday…Louv, the author of the bestsellers Last Child in the Woods (2005) and The Nature Principle (2011)-coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the loss of connection children increasingly feel with the natural world. Nature-deficit disorder is not a clinically recognized condition, he explains, but rather a term to evoke a loss of communion with other living things. Nevertheless, he argues, nature-deficit disorder affects “health, spiritual well-being, and many other areas, including [people’s] ability to feel ultimately alive.””

People Living Near the Sea May Be Healthier

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