The Natural City: New Book Features Articles on How to Integrate the Natural Environment into Urban Centres

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:00:00 AM

Publications News

On January 26 2012, CBC Radio's Metro Morning featured an interview with Professor Ingrid Leman Stefanovic, former Director of the Centre for Environment and co-editor of the new book Natural City: Re-envisioning the Built Environment.


NEW BOOK: Stefanovic, Ingrid L. and Stephen B. Scharper (eds.) 2011. The Natural City: Re-envisioning the Built Environment. University of Toronto Press. 356 pages.  (Published December 2011.)

Further information:

The Natural City book cover


Book Launch Event on January 26:
This book will be launched at a special event on Thursday January 26, 4:30-7:30 pm in the Member's Lounge at Toronto City Hall (RSVP to  featuring Professors Stefanovic and Scharper in conversation with Dr. James Orbinski, former international president of Médicins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders and author of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitariamsim in the 21st Century.

Urban and natural environments are often viewed as entirely separate entities - human settlements as the domain of architects and planners, and natural areas as untouched wilderness. This dichotomy continues to drive decision-making in subtle ways, but with the mounting pressures of global climate change and declining biodiversity, it is no longer viable. New technologies are promising to provide renewable energy sources and greener designs, but real change will require a deeper shift in values, attitudes, and perceptions.

A timely and important collection, The Natural City explores how to integrate the natural environment into healthy urban centres from philosophical, religious, socio-political, and planning perspectives. Recognizing the need to better link the humanities with public policy, The Natural City offers unique insights for the development of an alternative vision of urban life.

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and former Director of the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto.

Stephen Bede Scharper is an Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga and Centre for Environment, University of Toronto.