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Articles by Contributor Mary Pat McGuire

Mary Pat McGuire is associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, director of Water Lab in Chicago, and co-editor of Fresh Water: Design Research for Inland Water Territories. She is a 2020–2021 public voices fellow of The OpEd Project.

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As the climate changes, cities must change with it. Fix is exploring how our urban centers are being reimagined and what green, equitable, and resilient communities could look like. With insights from local officials, architects, residents, and more, our Sustainable Cities of the Future series examines how we’ll live, work, and play in the cities of tomorrow. (Explore the full series so far.)

President Joe Biden has pledged to protect 30 percent of the nation’s land and oceans by 2030. During last month’s Earth Day Climate Summit, other world leaders committed to the target in their countries as well. The Thirty by Thirty Resolution to Save Nature refers to remaining “wilderness-quality land and ocean” and focuses on a “large-landscape scale that is biologically and ecologically meaningful.” A report titled “America the Beautiful,” prepared by several federal agencies for the National Climate Task Force, describes a 10-year campaign to meet the 30×30 goal. While it mentions parks and access to nature, cities are largely — and nonsensically  — absent.

Vital and meaningful ecosystems exist within urban and industrial are... Read more