All posts tagged Urban Environment

The Flint Water Crisis: A Special Edition Environment and Health Roundtable

The Flint water crisis sounds a call not just to address the immediate emergency, but to consider the larger legacies to which it points. We’ve assembled a roundtable of noted scholars to contemplate this history, whose understanding, they suggest, is crucial to any broader solution.


From Yavin’s Moon to the Pit of Carkoon: 7 Ways Space and Place Change How We Watch Star Wars

What do we notice if we watch Star Wars as a space epic?


Everyday Paths of Water in the City

How do people encounter water every day in São Paulo, and how can those encounters suggest opportunities for dealing with water’s scarcity?


“Nature led the way”: The legacy of city planner John Nolen

A new biography of one of the founders of city planning in the US connects urban reform efforts from the early twentieth century with today’s environmental issues.


“Somewhere That’s Green”: Little Shop of Horrors and the Man-Eating Lawns of Cairo

What a musical about a man-eating plant can tell us about Egypt’s disastrous desert development.


Edgy Stuff: May 2015 Recommendations and a New Editor-At-Large

The Edge Effects editorial board introduces a new Editor-At-Large and shares our May 2015 recommendations.

February 2014 Recommendations

Edgy Stuff: February 2015 Recommendations

February 2015 recommendations from the Edge Effects editorial board.

New York

The Close City: An Exhibit on Nature in New York

This photo series explores the tensions between permanence and transience in New York City’s urban landscapes.

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Photographing Urban Margins: Jennifer Colten’s “Wasteland Ecology”

Jennifer Colten’s photographs of wasteland environments challenge some of our deepest cultural values about nature and landscape.


Documenting DC: Understanding a City, One Building at a Time

At what scale should we document DC’s changing built environment? What current conditions make this documentation so very essential? A reflection on the joys, difficulties, and motivations for doing fieldwork in the unfamiliar parts of one’s home city.