In an era of mass urbanization, our societies could benefit enormously by reconnecting with nature. Since the mid-twentieth century, urban designers shaped public space based on efficiency, without considering human nature and patterns of social behavior. Geoff Cape’s new idea is to mainstream nature in city planning and the development of public spaces. His approach includes organizations from all sectors with a clear message: cities need more nature.
Cape’s national organization, Evergreen, working from nine offices across Canada, targets three specific areas: Learning Grounds, which helps to develop outdoor classrooms for students; Common Grounds, which helps to restore and protect public parks and green spaces in cities; and Home Grounds, which educates homeowners about the use of organic processes.
Web site: http://www.evergreen.ca/