Note — Nov 15, 2020

Notes on Participatory Urban (Re)Wilding

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Long time readers will know how I love hybrids and intersections, Usman Haque with his preliminary notes on a new project situated at an extremely interesting intersection of cities, citizen participation, and rewilding. Citing a few notable books on the later and adding his own thinking and experiences with the first two, Haque starts sketching what re-connecting increasingly urban populations to the natural world, and making cities much more wild and infused with nature might look like, emphasizing the importance of participatory platforms in “co-imagining, co-producing and co-creating such a future.”

But, broadly, rewilding refers to a range of processes through which humans ensure that non-human species and natural processes are re-introduced into a landscape in a way that they can become self-sustaining once more. […]

“Does your city know where its lunch is coming from? And is that place healthy — or not?” […]

You might think that everyone loves green cities, but in actual fact there is no cross-cultural consensus on how, why and when to use green urban spaces, or how to care for them — one person’s lovely ‘wild’ meadow, is another person’s unkempt park suffering for lack of maintenance. […]

Connecting increasingly urban populations to the natural world is essential for humankind’s successful response to the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21st century. […]

If urban wilding is to become a feature of city-making, developing participatory platforms for supporting its design, delivery and maintenance will be absolutely crucial: participatory urban wilding.