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Human Wellbeing & Urban Nature

Human Wellbeing & Urban Nature

For most urban dwellers, a sense of place comes from familiarity with the natural systems in which the city is enmeshed.
This includes our experience of land form, seasonality, and local natural features, especially plants, the living architecture of
cities. Our sense of place also depends on personal preferences and the culture of our community. All of these considerations
can come into play when deciding what type of urban nature we wish to support around our homes and in our neighborhoods.

As climate change begins to shift weather patterns worldwide, plant growth zones are also changing. Consequently, many
environmental characters that contribute to sense of place are changing. Sense of place may be at risk if the speed of
environmental change is faster than our generational and psychological ability to adjust. We are doing research that explores
the way designers can help our communities adjust to coming changes in urban ecosystems and the sense of place that they

For more on this topic see:

Managing Sense of Place in Transition: Coping with Climate Change


School of Natural Resources and Environment | University of Michigan