Until quite recently the boundaries between the “urban” and the “natural” were patrolled through planning and design, with national landscape partitioned into urban places rural places and wilderness. In this course, we explore competing discourses and planning practices that reorganize the relationship between “urban” or “nature.”
We will investigate how these different ideas have been made manifest in urban policy and practice in features such as the evolution of urban parks and nature reserves, the renaturing of urban rivers, protection of environmentally sensitive areas, green roofs, and renaturing of suburban lawns, and how they are continuously contested in thought and practice. With a primary focus on North American cities we will explore the challenges and opportunities of managing urban nature in cities in circumstances of growth and decline.
GGR300H1 (Topics: Managing Urban Natures), offered in Fall 2017