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“Where is Nature Now?” a Provocative Question for Upcoming Minnesota Symposium

March 18, 2015Patrick NunnallyProgram & AnnouncementsComments Off on “Where is Nature Now?” a Provocative Question for Upcoming Minnesota Symposium

Our spring season of innovative, thought-provoking programming continues April 17-18 with a symposium “Nature 3.x: Where is Nature Now?”  The program will be on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; further details, symposium participants, and registration are here.

The question “where is nature now” has many potential answers.  Some might say “in parks and protected areas,” while others, more attuned to innovations in conservation biology and urban ecology, might say “everywhere.”  The symposium will explore some possible responses to the latter claim.  If “nature” is “everywhere,” even in our most damaged lands and toxic waters, how does that change our sense of the meaning of “nature”?  What, then, do we do as planners and designers committed to bringing the values of “nature” to city dwellers, for example.

Take a look at the program–the speakers are innovative thinkers and practitioners who are known throughout the world.  Some of them have undertaken potentially transformative projects here in this region.  Attending this program will be time well spent, if you are invested in the future of our systems here.

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