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.
Stories in this series:
An inner-city neighborhood rallies around a long-neglected park
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.
New show of guerrilla urbanism is both inspiring and a little creepy
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.
Architect Jeanne Gang threads nature into urban landscapes
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.