Human nature: why ‘urban rewilding’ is good for us

Moxon, Sian (2024) Human nature: why ‘urban rewilding’ is good for us. Journal of Biophilic Design, (2024) (8). pp. 206-217. ISSN 2976-9078


Since our very evolution in the forests, humans have had an innate need for nature. In cities, immersion in natural spaces and encounters with other species can be hard to come by, yet these experiences are especially crucial for city residents to counter their stressful lives. Increasing urban nature would benefit the quality of life of many people, given that in England 80% of us live in cities. Urban rewilding has been defined by the author as ‘reinstating vegetation, water, and other wildlife habitat in towns and cities to enhance biodiversity, climate-change resilience, and human wellbeing’. Rewilding principles can be applied to most buildings in cities, including homes, hospitals, schools, offices, and public outdoor spaces. And there are plenty of tools and inspiring case studies we can use to drive change.

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