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Patricia O'Donnell served as moderator for a Culture/Nature Knowledge Cafe session at the International Federation of Landscape Architects' annual World Congress meeting held in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore in July, 2018. 

Intersection of BioDiversity and Cultural Diversity in Cities: the Case for Public Spaces

Held in a new format designed to encourage discussion, the session began with a highlighted presentation of the current urban issues and hopeful directions for people, nature and our shared public space heritage, O'Donnell facilitated a discussion across the audience centered around the “Commons” of urban public spaces and issues surrounding social and ecological inclusivity. 

Issues and directions of discussion included: quality public space inclusivity, better health for all species, climate change adaptation and increased resilience to disasters, urban habitat enrichment and provision of ecological services, and the economic aspects of positive employment.  

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