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Celebrating the Mundane: Nature and the Built Environment

Lenore Newman and Ann Dale

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 401-413. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13648087563827


The dualism of nature/culture widely present within Western society at large is out of step with an increasingly urbanising world. Building on previous discussions of nature/culture duality, an integrative framework is presented that argues for the embracing of the 'mundane nature' found within human landscapes. As over half of the human population interacts with nature primarily within urban landscapes, increasing our awareness of such spaces is critical to understanding our ecological consciousness. The examples of a recent rooftop greening bylaw in the city of Toronto and the social impacts of urban gardening are examined in this context.


Urban nature; green roofs; spatial capital; nearby nature; urban greening; access to nature; brownfield redevelopment

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In Search of Allies for Postnatural Environmentalism, or Revisiting an Ecophilosophical Reading of Heidegger. Magdalena Hoły-Łuczaj

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