UBC Graduate Research

Exploring Urban Rights for Nature : Possibility, Praxis + Pathways Gram, Yette; Fourie, Elsabe; Marshall, Sarah


To address the deep, complex and imminent environmental challenges faced by cities today, a transformative approach for urban planning and design is needed. The scale of change that is required may not be supported by the existing tools, policies or value systems in place. Achieving deeper sustainability requires a significant shift in how we imagine the world and our place in it. The challenge will be to think differently: to reimagine what planning can be and what it can achieve. This report explores an emerging concept of ‘urban rights for nature’ as such a transformative approach for the greater Vancouver region. We focus on how rights for nature can be a guiding principle or idea in urban planning, how it might influence the urban form, and the related tools and processes we can use to get there.

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