Pure resilience

De stad is ook natuur

    • from May 29 to August 24, 2014
    • Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam
    • Westzeedijk 345, Rotterdam

The Natural History Museum Rotterdam hosts an exhibition on urban ecology that reflects the rich diversity of urban nature. In three Pillars of the City – Stone & Street, Food & Water, and Climate & Light – the urban wildlife collection of the museum showed which animals and plants have the city as their habitat and what adaptations they have made.

Urbanites see (and photograph) urban nature, but not everybody realizes that the city is nature, too. Beyond bricks and concrete, the biodiversity in the built environment is actually bigger than in the surrounding open spaces. This is due to the diversity of urban landscapes, to the warmer urban climate, and to the limitless adaptations – pure resilience – that animals and plants are capable of to utilize the city as a habitat.

In the exhibition Pure Resilience, photographs of urban nature – dragonflies over a garden pond, pigeons on a balcony, peregrines around Willemsbrug, Nile geese on Spoorsingel, ferns along a quayside – feature in a sweeping panorama of Rotterdam.

The exhibition dovetails with A Planet Cultivated, the first chapter of the main exhibition of Urban by Nature in the adjacent Kunsthal Rotterdam.