Blue Urbanism

Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans

Authors: Beatley, Timothy

  • Beatley's strong reputation as a leader in sustainable urbanism
  • Timely topic as coastal cities begin planning for effects of climate change and sea level rise
  • New approach to ocean conservation that draws on untapped potential of urban places and citizens
  • Examples from cities around the world, including Rotterdam, New York City, Perth, Singapore, Los Angeles, and Wellington, NZ
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What would it mean to live in cities designed to foster feelings of connectedness to the ocean? As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, author Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for rethinking the relationship between urban development and the ocean. Modern society is more dependent upon ocean resources than people are commonly aware of—from oil and gas extraction to wind energy, to the vast amounts of fish harvested globally, to medicinal compounds derived from sea creatures, and more. In Blue Urbanism, Beatley argues that, given all we’ve gained from the sea, city policies, plans, and daily urban life should acknowledge and support a healthy ocean environment.

The book explores issues ranging from urban design and land use, to resource extraction and renewable energy, to educating urbanites about the wonders of marine life. Beatley looks at how emerging practices like “community supported fisheries” and aquaponics can provide a sustainable alternative to industrial fishing practices. Other chapters delve into incentives for increasing use of wind and tidal energy as renewable options to oil and gas extraction that damages ocean life, and how the shipping industry is becoming more “green.” Additionally, urban citizens, he explains, have many opportunities to interact meaningfully with the ocean, from beach cleanups to helping scientists gather data.

Ultimately, he explains that we must create a culture of “ocean literacy” using a variety of approaches, from building design and art installations that draw inspiration from marine forms, to encouraging citizen volunteerism related to oceans, to city-sponsored research, and support for new laws that protect marine health. Equal parts inspiration and practical advice for urban planners, ocean activists, and policymakers, Blue Urbanism offers a comprehensive look at the challenges and great potential for urban areas to integrate ocean health into their policy and planning goals.

About the authors

Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas, including the following books: Ethical Land Use; Habitat Conservation Planning: Endangered Species and Urban Growth; Natural Hazard Mitigation; and An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. His books that explore these issues include Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • The Urban-Ocean Connection

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 1-18

  • The Reach of Cities Connecting Urban Lifestyles and Ocean Health

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 19-42

  • Satisfying Urban Fish Eaters Sustainably

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 43-59

  • Urban Design for a Blue Planet

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 61-83

  • Reimagining Land Use and Parks in the Blue City

    Beatley, Timothy

    Pages 85-101

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blue Urbanism
Book Subtitle
Exploring Connections Between Cities and Oceans
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Timothy Beatley
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-564-9
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-564-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 194
Topics