Photography exploration as per Part 1 of the workshop: photograph unexpected cultural practices in, near, or about nature; or natural objects that takes on a more sculptural, artistic form without human intervention.

This is the discussion page for the Workshop on Nature and Natural Objects as Actors in Everyday Lives co-organized by 自然をつくる国日本 (Japan: Nation Building Nature) and the Center for Global Agenda (CGA) at Unbuilt Labs.

Please feel free to upload photo explorations from the workshop, comment, ask questions, and have general discussions here. Thank you for joining us! All participants will receive a Post-Workshop Summary as part of The Future of Global Governance Series Proceedings published by CGA. Submitted materials such as those in the Public Forum or public statements submitted to CGA may be quoted in the Summary.

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Marvin Cheung
Marvin Cheung

Hi all,

Thank you very much for participating in discussions and brainstorming with us during Part I of the workshop on Saturday. I would also like to thank our co-organizer Joachim Nijs as well as guest speaker Julien Isoré for some wonderful insights. Here are a few takeaways from the workshop:

1. When we think about incorporating nature into everyday lives, a holistic approach is required. This means going beyond just "more green". We need to introduce thoughtful cultural practices in order for the initiatives relating to nature to have a lasting impact.

2. In areas that have historically been prone to earthquakes, we see greater disaster preparedness, and to different degrees an earthquake culture where earthquake preparedness and readiness is integrated into local culture. This includes risk-aware building practices, art, legends, rites and rituals, narratives of survivors, poems, as well as disaster education and training. What cultural practices relating to nature and natural objects go unnoticed around us? What cultural practices can we introduce to help build resilience given the drastic changes in climate we expect to see in the near future?

3. We currently attribute value to man-made objects, craft, and human intervention, with very little appreciation for wildlife. This is unhelpful towards the cause of preserving nature. In certain cultures, natural forests are considered monuments and vital cultural property. How do we advocate for the cultural value of nature and create the desire to co-exist with nature?

We will be using photography as a way to explore some of these questions. Creative brief for Part II of the workshop this Saturday the 20th: photograph unexpected cultural practices in, near, or about nature; or natural objects that take on a more sculptural, artistic form without human intervention. Please upload one or two photographs together with a few sentences to SDG16 Hub. If you have any difficulties with technology, please feel free to reach out to me by writing to this email:

Separately, if you attended Part I and/or Part II of the workshop, you will be listed as a participant on our published Workshop Proceedings together with your name, organization, and title that you have entered when you registered for the workshop in recognition of your contributions. Please email me if you would like to opt-out.

Thank you again for joining us - please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We will send out a new Zoom link before Part II of the Workshop as well.

Marvin Cheung
Marvin Cheung

As a housewarming present, a neighbour sent over an easy-to-care-for spider plant to everyone who is new to the block. Should we encourage potted plants as housewarming presents? How do we introduce nature into households in more friendly ways?

Potted plants


The plants that were introduced by the designers/ architects/ landscape architects wilted but the weeds are thriving. Some plants are considered weeds because they are aggressive and may take over the entire flower bed, or they can cause structural damage to buildings. However, some may also be more benign. Do we need an updated guide on "weeds"?



Hi, here is my contributions ! About the first one, I'm a little bit on the same questions as Marvin.

1. Incorporating nature into everyday lives,

I didn’t go any further than on my balcony to take this photo to illustrate a way of holistic approach to incorporating nature/wildlife into my everyday life:

  • I have a big plant pot where I didn’t plant anything (or what I once planted didn’t grow) : there grows only  wild plants that came without my intervention.
  • Two years ago, I hanged a birdhouse (nesting box approved by a conservation association), each year a family tit is being born under my eyes and I can observe all the process of nest building, wedding parade, feeding the babies, and (with a little bit of luck this year), first flight of the little family from my work desk. I love that feeling of being close to (the magic of) wildlife in my everyday life !