Biophilic Cities

Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

Authors: Beatley, Timothy

  • Includes examples from cities around the world as well as many in the U.S. (bat watching in Austin, urban programs in NYC, San Francisco)
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  • New perspective for those working to implement urban sustainability programs - it is not just about environmental preservation, but about the need of humans to connect to nature and the benefits to community and well-being
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  • Interest to planners, architects, urban designers practicing “biophilic design”, ecologists and other environmentalists
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About this book

Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the "greening" of cities. But too often, he notes, urban greening efforts focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, they are not enough, says Beatley. We must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms.

 

A biophilic city is more than simply a biodiverse city, says Beatley. It is a place that learns from nature and emulates natural systems, incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes, and designs and plans in conjunction with nature. A biophilic city cherishes the natural features that already exist but also works to restore and repair what has been lost or degraded.

 

In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements--from the building to the regional level--around the world.

 

From urban ecological networks and connected systems of urban greenspace, to green rooftops and green walls and sidewalk gardens, Beatley reviews the emerging practice of biophilic urban design and planning, and tells many compelling stories of individuals and groups working hard to transform cities from grey and lifeless to green and biodiverse.

About the authors

Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the “greening” of cities. But too often, he notes, urban greening efforts focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, they are not enough, says Beatley. We must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms. Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for more than twenty years. He is the author of many books, including Resilient Cities, Green Urbanism, and Green Urbanism Down Under, all published by Island Press.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • The Importance of Nature and Wildness in Our Urban Lives

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 1-16

  • The Nature of (in) Cities

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 17-43

  • Biophilic Cities: What Are They?

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 45-81

  • Biophilic Urban Design and Planning

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 83-129

  • New Tools and Institutions to Foster Biophilic Cities

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 131-150

Buy this book

eBook $70.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-59726-986-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biophilic Cities
Book Subtitle
Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Timothy Beatley
eBook ISBN
978-1-59726-986-5
DOI
10.5822/978-1-59726-986-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 192
Topics