If heading to the Festival of the Future City in Bristol this November, come join peers and I as we 'explore how to integrate nature in urban living, design and planning, and debate the challenges of making our urban landscapes wildlife-friendly, both to protect existing wildlife and to attract more'.
Panel One: The Value of Urban Nature and Natural Capital
Chair: Bevis Watts, Avon Wildlife Trust
Do we really need nature in our cities? What are the risks of a nature-poor city? Author and broadcaster Chris Baines sets the scene. Speakers Melissa Harrison (novelist and writer of the Times Nature Notebook), Stephanie Hime (KPMG’s natural capital specialist), Tony Juniper (campaigner and author of What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?) and Claire Wansbury (Atkins Global UK Ecology Leadership team) debate the risks of a nature-poor city and the value nature brings to urban areas.
Panel Two: Promoting and Developing Nature in Cities
Chair: Jane Memmott, University of Bristol
David Goode (author of Nature in Towns and Cities), Mathew Frith (London Wildlife Trust) and Georgia Stokes (Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust) ask whether nature in cities is in safe hands; look at how we promote more involvement in wildlife in cities; and examine the conflicts of interest in promoting nature in cities and how they can be overcome.
Panel Three: Architecture, Nature and Wildlife in Cities
Chair: John Alker, UK Green Building Council
It’s possible to make buildings and places where wildlife can live alongside humans, and there are plenty of good examples available. Rab Bennetts (Bennetts Associates) joins Melissa Sterry (Bionic City) and Mike Roberts (HAB Housing) to debate how architecture can help create a nature-rich city.
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Melissa Sterry, PhD, design scientist, systems theorist, biofuturist, and serial founder inc. Bionic City®
Asking the question "how would nature design a city" since 2010.
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