Cities have long been at odds with nature — using up its resources and depleting its health. They take up two per cent of the Earth’s land base, yet account for 70 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions.
But the Natural City is changing that.
Advances in design, technology, and human attitudes are making a new kind of city possible, one that works “with” nature to benefit the planet and enhance our own wellness, even as we sustain rapid growth.
The Natural City puts a premium on fresh air, and clean, renewable energy and water systems. It’s supported by the electrification of vehicles and smarter infrastructure. It has a vastly reduced carbon footprint and embraces local food systems. It’s a place of innovative urban design, and much more.
Houston, one of America’s fastest growing cities and a leader in the transition to clean energy, offers a useful case study on how we can build it.
CityAge, in collaboration with Jacobs and Biomimicry 3.8, brought together the people who are making the Natural City a reality.
Anchor Welcome and Introduction
Opening Remarks: Sylvester Turner, Mayor, Houston, TX
Presentation: Marc Andrew, Co-Founder, CityAge
Presentation: Transforming Cities' Relationship with Nature to Create a Positive Impact for People, the Economy, and the Ecosystem
What is biomimicry? Hear how it’s making the Natural City possible.
Nicole Miller, Managing Director, Biomimicry 3.8
Presentation by: Sean Quinn, Director of Regenerative Design, HOK
Panel 1: How to Build A Natural City
Engineers and architects are making critical advancements in nature-inspired, green solutions, integrating the natural world right into our cities. These tools are driving down carbon emissions, building resilience to climate change, and accommodating urban growth while restoring biodiversity at the same time.
Presentation: James Moore, Global Solutions Director, Cities & Places, Jacobs
Panel 2: Building a New Economy With Green Energy
Natural Cities run on green energy. Hear from the leaders who are carving out Houston’s leadership in the energy transition, as well as leaders from other cities who are leading the way to a new economy.