Rewild my Street

Engaging citizens in urban rewilding through design

Sian Moxon (London Metropolitan University)
Tuesday November 14th - 19h

With urbanisation increasing, ‘urban rewilding’ is vital to help tackle global biodiversity loss and create sustainable cities. Design-led public campaigns can offer inspiring visions of how cities can be transformed for wildlife and people, alongside toolkits to empower citizens to make this happen. Good design can address citizens’ concerns about urban nature, while exploiting its benefits through street-scale thinking. Moxon will present her Rewild My Street project, which is exploring how design research can be used to engage residents in rewilding their gardens. Its website uses architectural drawings of a rewilded typical London terrace to organise information on urban species and habitats, and guidance on products and activities.

About Siân Moxon

Siân Moxon is Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture at London Metropolitan University’s School of Art, Architecture and Design. Siân is an architect, author and founder of the award-winning Rewild My Street urban-rewilding campaign. She teaches on the Architecture and Interior Design courses at London Met, and her ‘Sustainability in Interior Design’ book (Laurence King, 2012) is published in 5 languages. Siân’s practice-led design research explores urban biodiversity within the Centre for Urban and Built Ecologies, and includes the Wild Ways study on behaviour change to influence rewilding in London’s residential gardens. Siân leads the ‘environment challenge’ for London Met Lab and the Art, Architecture and Design Education Declares initiative to ensure arts education addresses the climate and ecological emergencies.