The beginning of the century has seen a historical point in the development of human civilisation: since some years a bigger share of the human population has been living in the cities than in the countryside.
Cities as the centres of intensive economic activity and cultural life offer us a lot of opportunities and present us with substantial challenges.
Can a big city provide us with a healthy and relaxing environment? Can we have more space to meet and communicate with each other, experience our communities, do sports and refresh ourselves in the heat of a summer day? The concept of a perfect urban living space keeps evolving and many of the requirements that come up now stronger than ever are directly related to the services that natural ecosystems usually provide.
So what does a city of the future look like? Can nature hint us to the solutions of some of the burning urban issues?