Book Release – Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the past, present and future

Nature in the City
The book traces the history of nature in the city of Bengaluru

About the Book

In a rapidly urbanising India, cities have emerged as places of conflict between people and nature. What is the future for conservation in Indian cities?

Nature in the City examines the past, present, and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of India’s largest and fastest growing cities. Once known as the Garden City of India, Bengaluru’s tree-lined avenues, historic parks, and expansive water bodies have witnessed degradation and destruction in recent years. Yet, nature still exhibits a remarkable tenacity. To demonstrate how nature looks, behaves, and is perceived differently in the home gardens, slums, streets, parks, sacred spaces, and lakes of Bengaluru, this book employs a broad historical focus, moving from early settlements in the 5th century CE to the 21st century city, and concludes by outlining a vision of a better future.

Nature in the city is shaped by human preferences and prejudices, as the book establishes. Of interest to local residents, visitors and outside readers alike, the book provides an accessible, informative, and interesting tour of the social spaces where nature thrives and strives in Bengaluru.

Harini Nagendra is a Professor at the School of Development at Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

Key Features

-Explores the future for conservation in Indian cities
-Has a broad historical focus
-Draws on extensive research and integrates with stories of people and places

The book was released on June 10th, 2016, at Alliance Francaise, Bengaluru and is available as a hardback (Rs. 795).

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