Urban Place: Reconnecting with the Natural World

Urban Place: Reconnecting with the Natural World

by Peggy F. Barlett
     
 

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Amidst city concrete and suburban sprawl, Americans are discovering new ways to reconnect with the natural world. From community gardens in New York's Lower
East Side to homeless shelters in California, the search for a more sustainable future has led grassroots groups to a profound reconnection to place and to the natural world.Studies of the health

Overview

Amidst city concrete and suburban sprawl, Americans are discovering new ways to reconnect with the natural world. From community gardens in New York's Lower
East Side to homeless shelters in California, the search for a more sustainable future has led grassroots groups to a profound reconnection to place and to the natural world.Studies of the health consequences of renewing a connection with nature support the urgency of providing green surroundings as cities expand and the majority of the earth's population lives in urban areas. Medical research results,
from groups as diverse as healthy volunteers, surgery patients, and heart attack survivors, suggest that contact with nature may improve health and well-being.
Engagement with nearby natural places also provides restoration from mental fatigue and support for more resilient and cooperative behavior. Aspects of stronger community life are fostered by access to nature, suggesting that there are significant social as well as physical and psychological benefits from connection with the natural world.This volume brings together research from anthropology,
sociology, public health, psychology, and landscape architecture to highlight how awareness of locale and a meaningful renewal of attachment with the earth are connected to delight in learning about nature as well as to civic action and new forms of community. Community garden coalitions, organic market advocates, and greenspace preservationists resist the power of global forces, enacting visions of a different future. Their creative efforts tell a story of a constructive and dynamic middle ground between private plots and public action, between human health and ecosystem health, between individual attachment and urban sustainability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262524438
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Series:
Urban and Industrial Environments
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Francesca Lyman

Essential reading for anyone interested in creating healthier human habitats in the concrete jungles of our cities and asphalt barrens of suburbia,
Urban Place deserves a spot on the shelf next to Biophilia. This optimistic compendium of new thinking in a wide range of academic disciplines argues the necessity of building more place attachment, ecological restoration, local food awareness, and green space into our increasingly displaced, indoor digital culture.

From the Publisher

"For far too long we have understood the urban world as the very antithesis of animate nature. If humankind is to survive the calamitous century now upon us, we'll need to rediscover our cities not as merely human constructs but as earthly places informed and permeated by the more-than-human terrains that really sustain them. This fine book illustrates some key steps toward such a vital renewal."--David Abram, author of *The Spell of the Sensuous*

Meet the Author

Peter D. Turney is Senior Research Officer in the Institute for
Information Technology of the National Research Council of Canada.

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