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An Account from Bengaluru

Urban Ecology and Sustainability

Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future by Harini Nagendra, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp xvii + 225, 750 .

Harini Nagendra’s book Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present and Future persuades us to see the city through the lens of urban ecology, biodiversity and sustainability. Early on in the book, Nagendra raises an interesting question: “Is there a place for nature in the city?” This question is interesting in the light of an insightful remark she makes later: “Cities have not been places well studied by ecologists, who prefer to investigate places less visibly impacted by humans” (p 3).

Most of the literature on American cities, in the context of nature and sustainability, either looks at the city as an urban sprawl and from the angle of the rise of concrete and steel structures—a mechanisation perspective of cities—or through the history of technological innovations, such as the automobile and other modes of transport, and how such developments have demolished the past. These accounts have been written by urban historians and geographers. Hence, an account of a contested Indian city from the point of view of biodiversity is fresh and interesting.

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Updated On : 3rd Oct, 2017
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