TIME : 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Studio for Urban Projects, 917 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
REGISTRATION: Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation $5-$15
TRANSIT: Served by Market Street transit lines to Civic Center or MUNI lines 19, 27 and 47 to SOMA. Secure bike parking available.
Nature can often seem remote within our everyday urban lives, however our cities provide habitat to many wild animals, insects and amphibians that have adapted to even the most hostile of urban environments. Our urban landscape is inhabited by pigeons, hawks, crows, deer, bees, butterflies, raccoons, frogs and even coyotes. How can we encourage habitat, acknowledging that our streets, buildings, backyards and parks are a shared landscape between humans and wildlife?
Join us for a conversation exploring the potential of the urban refuge with Tim Beatley, the author of Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning; Jennifer Wolch, the editor of Animal Geographies: Place, Politics and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands and author of “Zoöpolis”; and David Gissen the author ofSubnature: Architecture’s Other Environments. The discussion will be moderated by Peter Brastow, San Francisco’s Biodiversity Coordinator for the San Francsico Department of the Environmentand founder of Nature in the City.
The evening will survey small tactical interventions; such as individuals who are transforming their apartment balconies and backyards into wildlife habitats as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Habitat Certification program; to regional sustainability initiatives. We will examine the design of the built environment, from architecture to urban planning and policy, exploring ways to rewild our cities. Finally, we will reflect on how animals and insects have existed in cities historically and how our relationships to them have shifted along with our cultural ideas about nature.
Photo: “Tour of Nests” by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architecture AB is a proposal for a vertical structure accommodates human and animal life within the same building. The project was the winner of the World Architecture Festival in 2011