Wilding the city
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2 March 2023
As urban areas grow, how can we ensure that the link between nature and our cities isn’t severed? We visit Bangkok’s recently opened Benjakitti Park, discuss Ben Wilson’s new book ‘Urban Jungle: Wilding the City’ and go hiking in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon.
2 March 2023
Nature and cities are intrinsically connected. What lessons can we learn from the past about building green spaces in the future? We talk to author Ben Wilson to explore his new book ‘Urban Jungle: Wilding the City’.
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One of Philadelphia’s treasures is its park system, particularly the Wissahickon, a series of hilly trails along a central creek that runs close to its downtown area. With the cash-strapped city struggling to invest in its parks, however, volunteers have stepped up to help take care of its upkeep. Monocle’s Chris Cermak reports.
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