City as Nature is an ecological art and media studio founded by Patrick M. Lydon (USA) and Suhee Kang (Korea). Working both locally, and with an international cast of people and organizations across multiple disciplines, we produce art projects and stories that re-connect people and the places they live with nature.
What We Do
Inspiring individual actions for global ecological change
through art and media
City as Nature works in two interrelated production areas:
Producing articles, essays, and films that illuminate the transitions of people, nature, and place.
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Culture-shifting experiences through art exhibitions, installations, workshops, and community building projects that are artist-led and centered around local ecology, nature, and culture, yet informed by global knowledge and networks.
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Re-connect | Inspire | Grow
Every project we engage in, aligns closely with the following core City as Nature goals:
Building relationships between urban dwellers,
nature, and the cities in which we live
Planting seeds of change within individuals and communities,
inspiring actions to bring about broad social change
Cultivating social and ecological well-being
rooted in awareness, empathy, and acceptance
of the diversity of human and more-than-human life on earth
An artist and publisher from Silicon Valley and Seoul,
working together to uncover the roots of ecological wellness.
In Summer 2011 a small collective of writers and artists came together inside an abandoned fruit-canning factory in the middle of Silicon Valley. Originally known as SocieCity, this group soon included others in East Asia and Europe, who were exploring solutions for the social and ecological issues they saw around them.
From these first meetings, SocieCity moved on to interview local political leaders and activists, meet with farmers, urban planners, academics, and work to disseminate solutions using art, design, and community actions. In the years following, the group’s founders Lydon and Kang produced the acclaimed documentary film Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness; the film has since been translated into seven languages, screened at hundreds of venues around the world, and is part of the award-winning Global Environmental Justice Collection. As of 2017, our articles, essays, and books have been read by over 1 million people, and we’ve produced over 200 events worldwide.
In 2018 we opened our first physical space called The Branch in Osaka, Japan, hosting workshops, artists-in-residence, and building an urban pocket farm where locals and visitors from abroad can explore the nature of sustainability together.
In 2019 we re-launched SocieCity as City as Nature, a name that suggests cities and their inhabitants as partners within the ecosystems where they exist. The name itself offers a frame from which we might begin to realize true social and ecological justice, both within cities, and throughout a global network of interconnected and interdependent ecosystems.
/ˈsɪti/ from Latin ‘civis’ (to settle, home, love)
/ˈnāCHər/ from Latin ‘natura’ (birth, character, course of things)
/ 自然 / 자연 / from Chinese / Korean (self-thus, naturally, as-it-is)
The name City as Nature is a call to re-connect ourselves and communities with the natural course of the ecological community of this Earth and Universe.
To talk with us about speaking engagements, exhibitions, environmental art installations, workshops, or other ideas, send a note to:
Patrick M. Lydon (Arts & Exhibitions)
patrick [at] cityasnature.org
Suhee Kang (Editorial)
suhee [at] cityasnature.org