The Nature of Cities

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7:00 pm

Ferndale Library, 222 East Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI

A 39-minute video, which will leave plenty of time for discussion.

From the film’s text introduction:

How can we make better cities than ever, better workplaces, better schools… how can we immerse ourselves in nature everyday instead of thinking we have to get in SUV and drive 50 miles? There is no doubt that we need nature. It’s absolutely essential to daily life. We can find it in the cities where we live, it’s all around us if we look, but there are also many innovative ways in which nature can be designed into urban environments.

This is the story of both the nature in our own backyards as well as that being built into to cities of the future. We’ve got to rethink everything that we do in cities today to make them profoundly more resilient. We know in fact that we need daily contact with the natural environment and we have to overcome this sort of bifurcation that cities and nature can’t coexist.

[end quote from film]

Our discussion will start with: How might we apply these ideas here? How have people around here already started?

Free. Open to the public. Light refreshments provided.