In this issue of CITY GREEN, we examine how cities around the world, including Singapore, have taken steps towards integrating nature into urban spaces, and how these cities improve residents’ lives with the support of nature. Urban planner and environmentalist F. Kaid Benfield advocates for cities’ smart growth through the creation of designs that allow nature to support urbanity. At a personal level, Singaporeans have realised the benefits of getting closer to nature. A report by Sarah Ichioka sheds light on the nascent urban farming community in Singapore, and the nation’s steps toward improving its food security. The many green spaces in Singapore also afford residents opportunities to commune with nature easily. Residents in a number of housing precincts, including The Interlace and Yishun Greenwalk, can admire and interact with nature from their doorsteps.