With the recent disasters of Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey, as well as the California Thomas fire, there has never been a greater imperative to plan with nature. What is the role of nature in the city? Speakers will offer diverse perspectives to explore this important topic. Learning Objectives:
Understand two concepts: First, the idea of nature IN the city. Second, the concept of an Ecology OF the city. The latter considers cities as biological creations and evolutionary adaptation.
Learn best practices in integrating the environment into the urban fabric.
Consider the short and long-term impacts of catastrophic Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy and Harvey and other extreme climate events and recognize the urgent need to plan with nature.
Understand the ecological concept of disturbance patch dynamics and its implication of city planners. What regulatory regime is appropriate if cities are dynamic organisms in constant flux?