Designing with Nature: Biourbanism and the Path to Resilient Cities

Creating Green and Livable Cities for the Future

8/16/20231 min read

Designing with Nature: Biourbanism and the Path to Resilient Cities

Cities must embrace their inherent nature to build resilience against climate change. Biourbanism, founded on landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology, offers a holistic model to heal and future-proof our cities.

This concept analyzes 5 key urban and 5 biological systems to assess city health - economy, energy, mobility, structure, technology, water, food, waste, landscape, and humanity.

By considering cities as living ecosystems, biourbanism provides a framework for integrated planning and design. Strategies include:

  • Green infrastructure to manage water, temperature, and pollution

  • Localized food systems and productive landscapes

  • Human-scale density and connectivity

  • Biodiverse nature integrated into the urban fabric

  • Circular resource flows

The interplay of built and natural systems is central to mitigating climate impacts and nurturing resilient communities. Landscape architecture is pivotal in enacting this vision.

In webinar organised by Vectorworks - Adrian McGregor - Author Biourbanism, professor and author, to explore biourbanism's potential to create flourishing and sustainable cities.

What roles can we all play in this movement?