Green Cities and the Unending Return of Nature

Green Cities and the Unending Return of Nature



"The very existence of nature in the city or the idea of bringing back nature to the city are hardly new ideas. The perception of the city as fundamentally distinct from nature has been a classic opposition in many geographic scholar traditions. Regrouping more than half of the world's population, cities and metropolis are still considered as concrete, steel and glass environments by most people. However, as the number of around 10,000 red foxes in the London metropolis suggests, the presence of plants or domestic, commensal and wild animals in cities, is reported to be undoubtedly part of urban and metropolis environments.


Official natures exist however under the name of urban parks or urban protected areas. Metropolis authorities promote green infrastructures in order to address local and global environmental challenges. Appreciated for the (ecosystem, cultural) services it provides, its regulating functions (e.g. of urban temperature) or for the attractiveness it offers to the metropolis, nature is used to develop supposedly economical solutions towards environmental threats. The lecture will be an opportunity to question this new frontier of urbanity and how public authorities or local citizen initiative partly convert and redesign urban environments."


This session is offered as part of the M2 Trust international lecture series.

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