The Nature of Cities

2010 ,    »  -   9 Comments
Ratings: 8.28/10 from 82 users.

How can we make better cities than ever, better workplaces, better schools... how can we immerse ourselves in nature everyday instead of thinking we have to get in SUV and drive 50 miles? There is no doubt that we need nature. It's absolutely essential to daily life. We can find it in the cities where we live, it's all around us if we look, but there are also many innovative ways in which nature can be designed into urban environments.

This is the story of both the nature in our own backyards as well as that being built into to cities of the future. We've got to rethink everything that we do in cities today to make them profoundly more resilient. We know in fact that we need daily contact with the natural environment and we have to overcome this sort of bifurcation that cities and nature can't coexist.

Part of our separation from nature is that we thought nature is something "over there" and where we live is not nature, and especially if we live in a cities. But in terms of ongoing human experience we need everyday, ordinary nature as an ongoing part of our everyday lives. It's very important, it really touches us at some deeper level, it's part of what we are as a species, to be interested in the world and nature around us.

If we understand that these green systems have a true function that could make a real difference. The power, the idea of biophilic design for instance is that it's more than the traditional definition of green urbanism. Green design is about saving energy and efficiency and biophilic or regenerate design is about saving and producing human energy. It's about making life better not just sustainable. The prospects for building nature into new living spaces are abundant, but there are many opportunities already in our backyards.

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9 Comments / User Reviews

  1. User_1

    These people should be elevated to gods! If I lived in an area like this I would be worshiping them ever day! I wish this was the norm in all cities.

  2. chris

    I definitely think Charlottetown would be better off with this s*it

  3. ~Oliver B Koslik Esq

    I'm a window washer... There are many condos and commercial buildings that are going up, using this technique. Personally I like it as it makes for a much more enjoyable sit down during break time, as opposed to tar mat or gravel roofs.


  4. Kansas Devil

    It's easier to start with a clean slate than to replace the old with the new. It doesn't matter how nice of an idea it is, if the costs of transformation exceed available costs. Piecemeal attempts are nice but they will always be a minority activity.

  5. bringmeredwine

    Me too!
    My little city is surrounded by lovely unspoiled forests and we border on a lake.
    Sadly, one by one the landowners sell out to the developers.
    I walk in those woods every chance I get with my dog. My regular routes keep getting destroyed by the encroaching suburbs. These new neighborhoods don't even have a single tree left! Deer are running through the streets in broad daylight.
    Raccoons and skunks, porcupines, groundhogs, bears; all have become instant nuisances.
    Never once in the past 10 years have I seen a child playing in what's left of our woods. In fact, you only see them outdoors if they're waiting for a school bus; because they're "not allowed" to walk or bike to school. Our local schools actively discourage that. Parents are too fearful to permit their children to go outside unsupervised. Sigh!
    There's lots of homes for sale in our old neighborhoods, but people prefer the newer, showier models. Each to his own, I guess.

  6. Hilz

    Great film! We really need this to be incorporated NOW.

  7. CHO

    Excellent film. Cities all over should be taking note of the ideas here

  8. HA7883

    The film is great and useful to my composition. The best documentary film I have ever seen

  9. bob harns

    ticks,mosquitoes and disease born on the wings of nature to debilitate and survive subduing human kind unsuspecting and fascinated with blindness

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