Urban Resilience

Urban resilience has been defined as the capacity of people, communities and institutions within a city to survive, adapt and grow regardless of the stresses, or even shocks, they experience. Recent years have seen the emergence of city resilience plans. While multifaceted, most include nature — an issue of public health, and of community cohesion. Modern cities understand that meaningful greenspaces are

  Research about Urban Resilience

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Even small urban green space can lower depression rates, new research confirms

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Nature is Sanctuary.

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Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center

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Designer’s approach for scene selection in tests of preference and restoration along a continuum of natural to manmade environments

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Nature and the Environment: The Psychology of Its Benefits and Its Protection

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Preliminary Analysis of TKF “Book & Bench” texts

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Seeing the forest for the trees: hybridity and social-ecological symbols, rituals and resilience in post-disaster contexts

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Refuges of local resilience: Community gardens in post-Sandy New York City

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Recognizing Stewardship Practices as Indicators of Social Resilience

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Holistic Care in the US Military I—The Epidaurus Project

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

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Research on the Beneficial Aspects of the Experience of Nature in Cities

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Reflect & Restore | Urban Green Space for Mental Wellness

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Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature

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The Benefits of Nearby Nature in Cities for Older Adults

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Nearby Nature for Human Health | Sites to Systems.

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The Sacred and Nearby in Nature and Cities.

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Parents, communities take note: Teens need nature too.

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A DC Firesoul takes a trip down South

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At National League of Cities Conference, a budding interest in urban greenspaces

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Can nature play a positive role before and after birth?

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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Disaster recovery and a nature fix

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, nature is helping wounded warriors heal from invisible wounds

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Nature Meets Healthcare in Portland, Oregon

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Green spaces as an “under-recognized healer”

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In the wake of natural disasters, here’s what we need to do better

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How nature helped one Rockaway community recover following Hurricane Sandy

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Natural vs. highly-designed landscapes—which is better?

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  Case Studies about Urban Resilience

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Mount Washington Arboretum

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Kids on the Hill Sculpture Garden

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Garden at Cedar Hill

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Amazing Port Street Sacred Commons

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  More Resources about Urban Resilience

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Hurricane Healing Garden

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Butterfly Angels

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Nature is Sanctuary.

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

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A DC Firesoul takes a trip down South

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At National League of Cities Conference, a budding interest in urban greenspaces

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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How nature helped one Rockaway community recover following Hurricane Sandy

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What makes great cities succeed?

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Telling a story—a remarkable story

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Riots, Respite and Renewal in West Baltimore

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Future of Blue Spaces

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Water Stewardship at #SXSWEco

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A Landscape of Resilience and Perseverance

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Nature Sacred community spaces open and thriving

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Creating Place

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Social Capital and Placemaking: An Interview with Ethan Kent

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Nature and Cities: An Interview with Armando Carbonell

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Making Cities Livable: Q&A

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Biophilic Cities: A Q&A With Tim Beatley

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Protecting Urban Ecosystems: An Interview with Timon McPhearson

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Creating Urban Density With Reflective Spaces: A Q&A With Green Developer Jonathan Rose

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Making Real, Large Changes in Your Community: A Q&A with Erin Barnes of ioby

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Health

Explore the many ways nature benefits health and wellbeing.

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Social cohesion

Discover how green spaces help build stronger communities.

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Disaster recovery

Find out how nature is being employed to help individuals and communities cope with tragedy.

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PTSD and Recovery

Learn about how nature is being drawn into new approaches to treating “invisible wounds”.

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Design & Restorative Places

Discover how purpose-built design is being used to encourage more meaningful nature experiences.

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Urban Resilience

Get informed of what experts are saying about the need for nature in sustainable cities.

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Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a vacant lot that’s just begging for green space. Or a neglected corner, ripe for a little pocket garden. Maybe you aren’t even sure yet—but you know your community could use some peace. Mindful reflection. Unity. Whatever the case, we’ve honed a method rooted in accessibility. These are small, often modest, green spaces meant to be folded into existing landscapes. See what we mean.

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