An Envirotalk poster passed along the link to a terrific website called The Nature of Cities. This is an “international platform to share diverse, transformative ideas about cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure. We are committed to the design and creation of better cities for all: cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just.”
The range of participants — and the nations they are from — is impressive. So is the thoughtfulness the discussions. For example, here are three recent roundtable discussions:
- Let go of some urban domestication: How would you convince the mayor to re-wild the city?
- Imagine an “ecological certification” for urban design. What are such a certification’s key elements?
- Green Form and Function versus Green Nativism: In changing urban spaces full of novel ecosystems and natural assemblages, is native purity a viable option?
These are rich topics that would be the jumping-off point for robust discussions among local environmental groups.
— S. Salmi