The Urban Wild Lab develops the actionable design and management strategies towards socio-ecological resilience for fast-growing Asian cities where rapid urbanization is accompanied by many human-caused environmental issues. While common practices of landscape planning and design have typically paid less attention to natural successions and changes in post-construction, the lab makes a unique contribution by addressing these research lacunae that are pre-emptive and provocative in theory, at the same time feasible and applicable in practice, to generate socio-ecological value of urban landscapes in the long run. Specific research areas of the lab are: ‘Benefits of less manicured landscapes’, ‘Perceptions of urban wilds’, and ‘Ecological design tactics for urban deforestation’.

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