In Talks with : Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability, Azim Premji University & Author, Nature in the City
Updated on: 27 Jun 2016
A recently-launched book on nature in Bengaluru traces the city's journey from its 16th-century urban settlement days to the present day.
In her Nature in the City, Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University Harini Nagendra examines how infrastructure programmes have led to the depletion of the environment and affected the livelihood of the people in various parts of the city. There are several in-depth studies on environmental issues, focussing on rural areas and remote forest regions, she tells City Express during an interview. But the 244-page tome is the first such centred on Bengaluru, she adds.
Excerpts from the conversation:
How have you captured the journey of the city in the book?
Nature in the City examines the past, present and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of India's largest and fastest growing cities.
This book charts Bengaluru's journey from the early settlements in the 6th century CE to the 21st century city, and demonstrates how nature has looked, behaved, and been perceived in Bengaluru's home gardens, slums, streets, parks, sacred spaces and lakes.