Civic Nature
Rendering: Courtyard Housing DesignRendering: Courtyard Housing Design
Floor plan, cross section, and axonometric projection of a residential design by Daniel Lenz.1
1. Günter Pfeifer and Per Brauneck, Courtyard Houses: A Housing Topology (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2008), 52–53.
Diagram: Governing the Commons Around Urban HomesDiagram: Governing the Commons Around Urban Homes
Diagram for a study of commons around residential buildings.2
2. Peter Sigrist, “Governing the Commons around Urban Homes” (PhD diss., Cornell University, 2015), 14.
Map: Population of Moscow DistrictsMap: Population of Moscow Districts
Population map for each administrative district in Moscow.3
3. “Otsenka chislennosti postoyannogo naseleniya Moskvy na 1 yanvarya 2017 goda,” Mosgorstat, published April 20, 2017, http://moscow.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_ts/moscow/ru/statistics/population.
Diagram: Reasons for Contacting Property ManagementDiagram: Reasons for Contacting Property Management
The most common reasons for contacting property management in a City of Moscow resident survey.4 The term “participants” refers to those who self-identified as actively involved in the management of their apartment building and its premises.
4. “Rezul’taty i vyvody sotsiologicheskogo issledovaniya: ‘Mneniye moskvichey o kachestve vneshnego blagoustroystva i ozeleneniya gorodskikh territoriy, 2010,’” DZhKKhBGM, accessed August 15, 2013, http://dgkh.mos.ru/directions-of-activity/oprsy-residents/rivbl2010.doc.
Diagram: Passengers on the Tvärbanan LineDiagram: Passengers on the Tvärbanan Line
Redesigned graph from a study of the Hammarby Sjöstad residential development in Stockholm.5 The data points were recorded inside the tram once a year on an average winter day.
5. Nicole Foletta, “Hammarby Sjöstad,” in Europe’s Vibrant New Low Car(bon) Communities, ed. Nicole Foletta and Simon Field (New York: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2011), 33.

Civic Nature stands for urban habitats and inhabitants, along with a sense of responsibility for the public realm. We find inspiration in thinking of the earth as one city, which thrives via mutual support across borders.

Responsibility for the public realm includes recognizing the many links between rural, urban, local, and global phenomena, accepting problems that don’t seem to affect us directly as our own. It means sharing experience and ideas to continuously improve the world around us, making it a comfortable home.

Mutual support requires open exchange of accurate information, which is especially challenging at the international level. Aside from language barriers, there are disinformation campaigns and other attempts at influence that undermine public well-being. It is also difficult to understand other parts of the world in depth.

Quality information should be freely accessible so we can all view situations clearly from different perspectives. It should evolve as new information arises, becoming more accurate through careful review by others. In pursuit of these ideals, we’re developing a site where people can share carefully documented articles related to the public realm. A simple prototype is available at Polis International.

Our identity is inclusive and in process. Who we are is what we do, and how others are doing is how we’re doing. We see everyone as vital parts of Civic Nature and an international polis dedicated to public well-being. Contact us at any time with questions or other thoughts.

Notes
  1. Günter Pfeifer and Per Brauneck, Courtyard Houses: A Housing Topology (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2008), 52–53.
  2. Peter Sigrist, “Governing the Commons around Urban Homes” (PhD diss., Cornell University, 2015), 14.
  3. “Otsenka chislennosti postoyannogo naseleniya Moskvy na 1 yanvarya 2017 goda,” Mosgorstat, published April 20, 2017, http://moscow.gks.ru/wps/wcm/connect/rosstat_ts/moscow/ru/statistics/population.
  4. “Rezul’taty i vyvody sotsiologicheskogo issledovaniya: ‘Mneniye moskvichey o kachestve vneshnego blagoustroystva i ozeleneniya gorodskikh territoriy, 2010,’” DZhKKhBGM, accessed August 15, 2013, http://dgkh.mos.ru/directions-of-activity/oprsy-residents/rivbl2010.doc.
  5. Nicole Foletta, “Hammarby Sjöstad,” in Europe’s Vibrant New Low Car(bon) Communities, ed. Nicole Foletta and Simon Field (New York: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2011), 33.