When you think of urban planning and design, the U.S. Forest Service likely isn’t the first federal agency that comes to mind. But with upwards of 70 percent of the world’s population projected to live in cities by 2050, the Forest Service is not only paying attention to urban ecosystems, they’re hoping to help shape urban design and planning around them.
Published earlier this month, The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology is a step in that direction. The book argues that rather than see cities as an entity separate from the natural world as humans essentially have since cities were invented, we should look at cities as an integrated part of nature and design them as such.
It’s basically New Urbanism through a forest ecology lens. (2015) (October) by Josh Cohen on NextCity.