Reprinted due to great success: Making Urban Nature
We are proud to announce the second edition of Making Urban Nature! How can you make nature-inclusive designing possible in European cities? Making Urban Nature answers this question in an innovative, yet practical manner!
Making Urban Nature is an inspirational book of examples about nature-inclusive designing in European cities. It calls for the integration of the living conditions found in nature in the designs of buildings and urban outdoor spaces and includes practical examples and design suggestions.
The city is a rich habitat of great biodiversity. Many animal and plant species are now more common in urban areas than in rural areas. However, urban nature is fragile and planners and policymakers still consider the city to be the exclusive habitat of people. The authors see nature as an integral part of the urban organism and as such as important to the quality of life in the city. Nature-inclusive design is a pioneer practice that has only recently become part of urban planning. Designers, ecologists, policymakers and active city dwellers need knowledge and practical examples with regard to designing with nature in an urban context. From different angles: this publication addresses the theory of ecology and biodiversity, city-bound species, urban habitats and the maintenance of urban nature, on the basis of inspirational and practical examples.
About the Authors
Niels de Zwarte, Piet Vollaard and Jacques Vink are actively involved in the foundation De Natuurlijke Stad (The Natural City), a collaboration of architects, biologists and urban ecologists with a lot of practical and theoretical experience in nature-inclusive designing in the city.