City and Nature

‘The city and nature should be integrated more effectively. That will benefit us all. And more green areas will help us solve the challenges accompanying urbanisation as well.’


Human beings are a part of nature and the city is human beings’ natural habitat. Yet many people do not yet experience the city as a ‘natural’ phenomenon. Don’t we, as human beings, deserve to be part of nature once more, instead of simply designing ways to include nature in our plans? Shouldn’t we let go of nature and attempt to control and subjugate it less?

The human need for safety and certainty, to protect ourselves from outside influences, has always dominated the way we design our living environment. That time has passed. We now possess so much knowledge and technology that we no longer need to plan, design and provide for all scenarios. We require a lesser degree of protection from natural phenomena and the elements. And we are better able to apply our technology towards living in harmony with nature. That means more green spaces, which simultaneously solve many challenges of urbanisation. Take parks on flat rooftops, for example, that store rainwater and combat urban heat effect. Places for growing vegetable gardens instead of expanses of stinking bitumen, etc.

The Natural City explores and designs a living environment in which the city and nature are no longer experienced as two separate entities.