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