2 min readFeb 18, 2024


Hey! Thank you for stopping by and reading/ watching! I appreciate your kind words.

Here is a list of books worth checking out:


The Ministry for the Future (Kim Stanley Robinson): Near-future science fiction exploring extreme ecological adaptations in cities in response to climate change.

New York 2140 (Kim Stanley Robinson): Novel envisioning a partially flooded New York City, demonstrating creative urban adaptation to an altered environment.

The Fifth Season (N.K. Jemisin): Fantasy with complex worldbuilding emphasizing a deep interconnectedness between humanity and nature.


The Nature of Cities: Ecocriticism and Urban Environments: Essay collection analyzing the intersection of cities and nature in literature and highlighting real-world environmental challenges that "jungle cities" would need to solve.

The Triumph of the City (Edward Glaeser): Explores the ecological efficiency of dense urban cores, a principle relevant to designing resource-conscious "jungle cities".

The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century (Dr. Dickson Despommier): Delves into vertical farming, a potential component of food production in densely-populated jungle cities.

Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America (Jon Mooallem): Explores changing attitudes towards wildness and human connections to nature, concepts crucial for residents of a jungle city.

Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life (Stephen R. Kellert): Provides principles for incorporating natural elements into architectural design, essential for the deep integration envisioned in jungle cities.

Urban Ecology: Science of Cities (Ian Douglas): Offers a scientific framework for understanding the complex ecosystems present within urban environments, which is crucial for a functional and sustainable jungle city.


You make an excellent point. The words "coexistence" and "dominion" carry very different connotations that may not fully capture the ideal relationship we should strive for with nature. Rather than a focus on mere tolerance or outright mastery, perhaps a more appropriate term would be "integration" or "symbiosis."

This article got me thinking about how a futuristic "jungle city" would function. True success can't mean simply shoving some greenery into urban planning. It hinges on understanding the city itself as a part of a wider ecosystem, dependent on it for air, water, and overall stability. This demands a reciprocal relationship, where we design structures and systems that benefit nature as much as they benefit us.

Thanks again for your time and words!




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