Jonathon Rose talks about building a neighborhood that is urban yet connected to nature in the below video. Here’s a quote from Rose in the video:
Our view of how one “biophilia-izes” a city, or greens a city starts with the individual building – the building should have green roofs, green back yards and be as green as it can be; and then the neighborhood – the community gardens, community playgrounds and community parks, that are all within a few blocks of where kids live and go to school. So there should be these ways in which somebody can walk through a city comfortably, securely surrounded by nature.
Thanks to Kaid Benfield for bringing it to our attention. On a similar note, Kaid wrote a nice piece on how smart growth needs to become greener in the literal sense, using some good examples and pictures to make the case.