The urban world is commonly seen as the opposite of nature because a place so full of people cannot contain any nature worth noticing. Thus it is no wonder that most people tend to look for „nature“ in remote places and designated natural habitats. Urban Nature Labs question those anthropocentric views and explore cities as shared habitats for human and more-than-human life.
Urban Nature Labs focus on the biodiversity within city limits. In the first part of the workshop, participants explore the vegetation of a certain urban area by using the free app „Flora Incognita“ and various measuring techniques. A small amount of plants are foraged for the creation of plant-based photographic prints. In the second part of the workshop, participants use the old photographic techniques anthotype and cyanotype to create an urban herbarium of the previously explored area.
Urban Nature Labs hope to re-connect people to their green urban environment. Depending on the season and location, seeds can be harvested and spread to support urban biodiversity.