Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future

Harini Nagendra

In a rapidly urbanizing India, what is the future of nature conservation? How does the march of development impact the conflict between nature and people in Indias cities? Exploring these questions, Nature in the City examines the past, present, and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of Indias largest and fastest growing cities. Once known as the Garden City of India, Bengalurus tree-lined avenues, historic parks, and expansive water bodies have witnessed immense degradation and destruction in recent years, but have also shown remarkable tenacity for survival. This book charts Bengalurus journey from the early settlements in the 6th century CE to the 21st century city, and demonstrates how nature has looked and behaved, and has been perceived in Bengalurus home gardens, slums, streets, parks, sacred spaces, and lakes. A fascinating narrative of the changing role and state of nature in the midst of urban sprawl, and integrating research with stories of people and places, this book presents an accessible and informative story of a city where nature thrives and strives.


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1 Bengaluru: City of Nature
2 From Village to City: An Ecological History of Bengaluru
3 Resilient City: From Colonial to Independent Bengaluru
4 Nature in Personal Spaces: Home Gardens in Bengaluru
5 Nature and Poverty: Vegetation in Slums
6 Nature on the Road: Street Trees in Bengaluru
7 Parks: Nature in Public Spaces


Harini Nagendra, a Bengaluru native, is Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. Her many publications include Reforesting Landscapes: Linking Pattern and Process (co-edited, 2010).