The messy thing that we like to call civilization is actually more like a coral reef, crawling with critters that camp out in our architectural nooks and crannies and make a pretty good living on our scraps. Those creatures, and natural spaces like parks, can have a profound influence on our lives and our urban culture, too. Join Grist as we explore the wild landscapes of our cities.
(Photograph by Kārlis Dambrāns)
Stories in this series:
This month, look at how nature gets into our cities and under our skin, even where we least expect it.
Here are some great rap songs that celebrate the role of parks in city life and the history of hip hop.
In a down-and-out corner of Washington, D.C., kids cleaned up a local park. The adults followed, and now it’s a national example of urban renewal done right.
Remember when DIY urbanism was frowned upon if not outright illegal? According to a new exhibition, guerrilla tactics have become symbols of American ingenuity and the rebirth of urban cool.
New research suggests that people of color are at a higher risk for extreme heat events.
Gang is among the new generation of designers and urban planners who are working natural forms and habitat into a world of steel and concrete -- for nature's sake and for ours.
San Francisco's parklets program stands to change its streets and the city's mindset.
When it comes to noticing the wild details in a mundane landscape, nobody does it like little people.
Call it roughing it or installation art, it’s all about getting out, while never leaving the city limits.