Where does nature fit in a city?
Book explores how cities can “deeply engage with nature.
Talk of environmental issues usually focuses on human practice (using plastic shopping bags, for example) and how that practice damages the science of our planet’s life.
But a new book, The Natural City: Re-envisioning the Built Environment, edited by U of T professors Ingrid Stefanovic and Stephen Bede Scharper, examines environmental matters from the perspective of, seemingly, the least likely place to extol the virtues of nature: the modern big city.
The 18 essays in the collection include a variety of perspectives from a wide range of thinkers – engineers, urban planners, aboriginal elders and religious studies experts.