urban prairie

Urban vacancy in San Francisco. Photos: de Monchaux.

Mapping Urban Vacancy

Elizabeth Borneman

Nicholas de Monchaux, an urban design professor at UC Berkeley, has designed a project called Local Code that maps the underused sites in a city’s infrastructure and analyses how these spaces could be used to improve the local ecology.

Lot in Detroit converted to an urban prairie. Photo: Jtmichcock, CC BY-SA 3.0, MediaWiki Commons.

Urban Prairies

Elizabeth Borneman

An urban prairie is a piece of urban land located within a city that has reverted back to green space through neglect, purposeful action, or a lack of management.