Planning Cities with Nature

Theories, Strategies and Methods

  • Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira
  • Ian Mell

Part of the Cities and Nature book series (CITIES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Cities and Nature in History

  3. Planning Models, Theories and Methods for Re-naturing Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Klaus C. Alberto, Loyde A. Harbich, Ying Li
      Pages 111-119
  4. The Right to Green: Multiple Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. S. Caputo, V. Donoso, Fabiana Izaga, P. Britto
      Pages 137-152
    3. Mary Gearey, Lynette Robertson, Jamie Anderson, Paula Barros, Deborah Cracknell
      Pages 153-168
    4. Danielle Sinnett, Tom Calvert, Nick Smith
      Pages 169-186
    5. José Antônio Tietzmann e Silva, Josyanne P. Giesta, Luciane M. de Araújo, Mariana R. R. dos Santos
      Pages 187-198
    6. Fabiana Izaga, José Guilherme Schutzer, Komali Kantamaneni
      Pages 199-214
  5. Systemic Planning for Resilient Green and Blue Cities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Heather Rumble, Fabio Angeoletto, Stuart Connop, Mark A. Goddard, Caroline Nash
      Pages 217-234
    3. Ian Mell, Camila Sant’Anna, Karin Schwabe Meneguetti, Julia Rodrigues Leite
      Pages 235-249
    4. Karla Emmanuela Ribeiro Hora, Maurício Martines Sales
      Pages 251-263
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Ian Mell, Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira
      Pages 281-285

About this book


This book explores novel theories, strategies and methods for re-naturing cities. It enables readers to learn from best practice and advances the current theoretical and empirical understanding in the field. The book also offers valuable insights into how planners and policymakers can apply this knowledge to their own cities and regions, exploring top-down, bottom-up and mixed mechanisms for the systemic re-naturing of planned and existing cities. 

There is considerable interest in ‘naturalising’ cities, since it can help address multiple global societal challenges and generate various benefits, such as the enhancement of health and well-being, sustainable urbanisation, ecosystems and their services, and resilience to climate change. This can also translate into tangible economic benefits in terms of preventing health hazards, positively affecting health-related expenditure, new job opportunities (i.e. urban farming) and the regeneration of urban areas.

There is, thus, a compelling case to investigate integrative approaches to urban and natural systems that can help cities address the social, economic and environmental needs of a growing population. How can we plan with nature? What are the models and approaches that can be used to develop more sustainable cities that provide high-quality urban green spaces?


Sustainable Cities Green Urbanism Ecological Urbanism Green Cities Blue Cities Green Roofs Re-naturing Cities naturalizing cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Fabiano Lemes de Oliveira
    • 1
  • Ian Mell
    • 2
  1. 1.Portsmouth School of ArchitectureUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK
  2. 2.School of Environment, Education and DevelopmentUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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