Report Back: Nature-inspired approaches for integrative urban planning and design

November 26, 2020 by School of Cities Staff

While the use of metaphors is not new in urban planning, architecture, and design, there is a recent framing of the state of a city through observations and experiences drawn from nature. Such new perspectives, while useful in discourses on the optimal efficiency of the built environment, lack a component on the city’s residents. More specifically, is nature-inspired urban planning a conscious emulation and abstraction from nature, or simply an imitation of natural forms, processes, and systems? In this talk, Dr. Mehmood argued for a holistic view of the science of cities, centering citizens' needs, inclusion, and empowerment of communities.

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

Watch the recording of the webinar below