Highlights


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Our keynotes are short interventions by a diverse group of people, from various ways of knowing and modes of action. These are the keynotes announced so far and more arrive every day.


PLENARY DIALOGUES

Dialogues are panels of three people who gather around a key question, prompt, or provocation. They give very short responses and then have a moderated conversation. These are some of the planned Dialogue prompts. More are added every day.


ART HAPPENINGS

Festival art happenings engage us in acts of radical imagination with nature and all people. Programming includes interventions in the plenary, performances, conversations, interactive sessions, and exhibitions. Many more artists still to be confirmed…


SEED SESSIONS

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Urban Trees and Citizens: Exploring Co-Living Benefits with i-Tree Toolbox in Europe
What information citizens need to realize the importance of urban greening? How to estimate ecosystem services provided by urban trees in the easiest, cheapest, understandable, but scientifically sound way? A discussion and experience exchange among practical users of i-Tree inventory tools and everyone interested to launch it in European cities.

Soul in the city – connecting our inner and external nature
We´ll explore through a short presentation, meditation and interactive breakout rooms how to overcome the human/nature dichotomy. We will discuss what it means to be a human being in cities and how we can experience urban nature as an sentient, soulful member of our kin.

Unfolding Doughnut Economy dilemmas in the urban anthropocene
Re-aligning neighbourhood everyday-life along Doughnut-Economy principles is huge task that require substantial transformations: rethinking human/non-human interaction and the way urban areas are built and maintained. This Seed-Session aims at chiselling-out bite-size chunks of this complexity along connected dilemmas in urban greening approaches such as nature-based-solutions and the doughnut economy model.

Ensuring equity in access and involvement in green public spaces
Equal access and involvement for all communities is key to the work of London National Park City. The social, economic and environmental impacts of lack of green space and involvement in decision making are well documented. How should we all be working to overcome barriers and support communities?

Building Resilience through Nature-Based Narratives: Capturing Our Lived Experiences of COVID-19 Using Memory Work
This SEED session will present an overview of The Sarajevo Process – a methodological approach developed under Connecting Nature, to capture the stories of nature in cities. Sarajevo and Nicosia will present their experiences and participants will complete a memory work exercise. The outputs will be captured by an illustrator.

Decolonizing perspectives: noticing colonial patterns in contemporary urban design
Exploramos as raízes coloniais das cidades no Sul Global através da relação Portugal-Brasil no planejamento e desenho urbano e seu papel na perpetuação do colonialismo em nossas mentes, culturas, convenções e leis de planejamento em cidades contemporâneas. A descolonização do design urbano traz resiliência social e climática às nossas cidades.

Place: A Personal Affair An Experiment in the “Psychoanalysis” of Particular Places
Places, like people, have personalities. Placehood resonates within the depths of our beings. Participants will propose a place of significance and represent it, “personifying” it on the analyst’s couch. This will take the form of a dialogue on WhatsApp. During the festival, each place will be presented and discussed.


FIELD TRIPS

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theOtherForest: a nature-based tool for ecological and social regeneration in cities
I will take you on a walk across the degraded Beirut River, where we planted Lebanon’s first native Miyawaki forest. I will lead you into our 2-year old forest, which we planted with afforestation specialists Afforestt in 2019, and explain how we used the Miyawaki method to restore the site.

An exploration of Freshkills Park (New York), the world’s largest landfill-to-park transformation
We will take a tour of the site of the in-development Freshkills Park in Staten Island, NY. On the site of the former Fresh Kills Land Fill, the park project encompasses 2,200 acres of grasslands, tidal wetlands, and woodlands undergoing a massive urban ecological transformation.

A walkthrough of the urban forest ‘Krishna Vatika’ in Delhi NCR
This is an example of a landscape restoration project. The land was earlier a garbage dumping ground and open defecation area for the nearby industries. We cleaned the area and planted 3,000 trees in a dense patch of land. We have also created a tree nursery of there.

Otters, heritage and whisky: River tales from Edinburgh
Daunder’ along the Water of Leith, through the annals of Scottish history. Between the dark Dean Valley and the silted docks, explore allotments, weirs and walls; art and graveyards; railways and wildlife. Marvel at a river restored and ponder the questions she conjures about ecology, equality and resilience.

Dry forest, city and culture (Valledupar, Colombia)
I´ll make a tour by the northern part of Valledupar city, showing emblematic trees of the Colombian Caribean Region, theriver, and ill talk about how important these are for the community and Colombian culture.Also I´ll be talking about the phenology ofthe trees and adaptation ofthe dry forest to dry season.

Ravines: how Guatemala City is covered in urban forests without knowing it
It’s a field trip to ravines in Guatemala, especially one named Jungla Urbana, where neighbors have gathered to protect the urban forest. These are the forgotten areas that provide ecosystem services to a population that doesn’t know they exist.


MICROTALKS

Microtalks are being added daily. A complete lists will be available during the week of 1 February. These are just a few of the 100 that will be offered.

Chengdu Park City Initiatives: The City of the Future
Chengdu Park City Initiative aims at creating a beautiful and liveable park city. Rather than creating parks inside the city, the idea is to build the city within a park. Chengdu expands its greenways to connect communities and guides urban renewal and human-oriented development for a sustainable city.

School greening: Right or privilege? Examining urban nature within and around primary schools
How is green infrastructure is distributed among Barcelona’s primary schools? Are there inequalities in this distribution? Are children interacting with urban nature during their school hours? Here we will show you what our last study discovered about these questions.

Biodiversity in small urban green patches- “punching above their weight”
As cities continue to densify, green spaces are becoming smaller and more isolated. In a survey of public green spaces in Zurich, the majority (>75%) were very small (<20 sqm). However, together small patches contributed far more than expected to overall wildflower diversity in the city, “punching above their weight”.