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Pattern Recognition

From Manhattan to the banks of the Yangtze River, photographers index both the ordinary and uncanny effects of urbanization.

Organic Machines

Thousands of new rain gardens are soaking up stormwater across the city. As green infrastructure settles into the sidewalk, can we learn to love a sewer?

In the Hudson's Image

For activists, scientists, and designers, images from the river's past hold the key to imagining its future.

Reflections on a Rising Hudson

Two hundred years of environmental change have meant both destruction and conservation of the most interesting river in America.

The Truth About Trees

An artist and a historian talk trees: What they mean, and what it takes to get city-dwellers to see them clearly.

Offsetted: After Green Infrastructure

What’s lost when the value of city trees is reduced to the “environmental services” they provide?

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Waterfront Views

With so much of value under threat from rising seas and flooding rains, recent books reconsider our relation to the water’s edge.

Seeding Stability

To secure New York City’s pipeline for local food, treat produce like tap water: Protect the source.