Intrinsic and aesthetic values of urban nature

A journalist’s view from London

Authored by: David Nicholson-Lord

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415498135
eBook ISBN: 9780203839263
Adobe ISBN: 9781136883415

10.4324/9780203839263.ch30

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Abstract

The interplay between cities and nature is one of the most powerful themes of contemporary culture. This is not only because they are “where we live” – or, in the case of nature, where many of us used to live. It is also because they represent opposite polarities of the human mind. The overlap between the spatial and the psychological – between cities and “nature” as physical places and as countervailing cultural and psychic forces and processes – is one of the things that makes analysis of their relationship so fascinating and yet so complex.

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