Nature-inspired approaches for integrative urban planning and design

When and Where

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Dr. Abid Mehmood, Senior Research Fellow, Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University


Considering cities as complex adaptive systems, the talk will critically examine the (re)emergence of nature-inspired trends in urban planning and design as a way of exploring new relationships between people and places. Although the use of metaphors is not new when describing the state of a city, the recent turn is more concerned with achieving optimal efficiency and overall sustainability of the built environment through observations and experiences from nature. I would further argue that such approaches should aim for integrating citizens’ needs, inclusion and empowerment for a holistic view to the science of cities.

This is a seminar hosted by the Urban Genome Urban Challenge Initiative

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