What makes rainforest thrive is its rapid nutrient recycling. When vegetation dies, it is broken down and returned to the system quickly and efficiently. There are unique relationships between plants, fungi and trees.
In the city, glass towers might indicate success, but what is happening at ground level to truly nurture this?
Like the rainforest, the city has its own complex ecosystem, in which culture plays a key role. Without culture, the built environment becomes a series of empty gestures.
A diversity of ideas and experiences build the culture of a place, and without them, the danger is that the culture becomes mono-dimensional and stagnates, and the life seeps out of the city.