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Wild urban spaces: a history
Ben Wilson examines the long relationship between cities and nature, and the ways in which past generations of urban planners have attempted to bring wildlife closer to home
In recent years, discussions about sustainability and how we can create greener, more environmentally conscious urban spaces have been at the forefront of city planning. But to what extent are these considerations new? Author Ben Wilson tells Jon Bauckham about the ways in which societies have tried to bring wildlife into urban spaces, from the gardens of the Aztec empire to the bombsites of postwar Berlin.
Ben Wilson is the author of Urban Jungle: Wilding the City (Vintage, 2023)