17 May '17, 11am

5 big ideas to breathe new life into cities

Tanner Springs Park is a tiny remnant of what was once a large wetland and lake, collecting the water that cascades down from the hills lacing Portland’s western edge. The park was conceived in a 1999 master plan for the Pearl District, a bustling collection of high-end condos and apartments, chic boutiques and purveyors of the artisanal food and spirits that have made this city a gastronomic destination. This ecological design approach in the heart of downtown made Portland a fitting host for an April 26 discussion about the role of nature in cities. Hosted by David Maddox, editor of the Nature of Cities blog , and sponsored by the Bullitt Foundation, which supports environmental causes in the region, the daylong symposium at the Portland Zoo — itself a major conservation organization — featured leading voices on ecological urbanism from six continents. Artists, architect...

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