There is a delight in the hardy life of the open
There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm"
On a chilly evening, Seattle's sky is fleetingly illuminated by the warm glow of the setting sun. A perfect reflection is created in the still waters at Green Lake, beneath the surrounding trees. The scene is a reminder of the importance of nature in cities and its profound impact on people.
Humans are believed to have an inherent need for contact with nature and living things, which is described by the theory of biophilia. While historically, the natural environment has been viewed as the antithesis of the city, there is growing understanding of its emotional, psychological and physical impacts.
Open spaces - both small and large, natural and landscaped - are critical assets of our cities. Their natural systems filter our air, reduce pollutants from storm water, support biodiversity and perform many other important environmental functions. Being immersed in nature allows us to escape the daily grind, reflect and re-engage our senses.
An oasis in the city.