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The Natural City Symposium

University of Toronto

Many people perceive nature and cities to be separate entities. Despite some significant shifts in thinking in recent decades, the overriding perception still seems to be that environmental issues are principally concerned with plants, animals, and pristine wilderness areas. On the other hand, human settlements are generally seen to be the exclusive domain of architects, planners, and urbanists. Too often, nature is mythologized as benevolent and the city as evil, despite growing urbanization trends worldwide. This Symposium presents an opportunity to challenge this view. Urban and natural environments are not necessarily conflicting notions but must be integrated at many different scales, for sustainable, healthy settlements to occur.

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