Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

by Timothy Beatley
     
 


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… See more details below

Overview


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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597267151
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
10/25/2010
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,070,569
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
Foreword
 
Chapter 1. The Importance Of Nature and Wildness in Our Urban Lives
Chapter 2. The Nature of (in) Cities
Chapter 3. Biophilic Cities: What Are They?
Chapter 4. Biophilic Urban Design and Planning
Chapter 5. New Tools and Institutions to Foster Biophilic Cities
Chapter 6. Concluding Thoughts: Growing the Biophilic City
 
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >