Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Background and Theory of Biophilic Cities

  3. Creating Biophilic Cities: Emerging Global Practice

  4. A Global Survey of Innovative Practice and Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Timothy Beatley
      Pages 141-144
    3. Timothy Beatley
      Pages 145-147
    4. Timothy Beatley
      Pages 149-172
    5. Timothy Beatley
      Pages 173-219

About this book


What if, even in the heart of a densely developed city, people could have meaningful encounters with nature? While parks, street trees, and green roofs are increasingly appreciated for their technical services like stormwater reduction, from a biophilic viewpoint, they also facilitate experiences that contribute to better physical and mental health: natural elements in play areas can lessen children's symptoms of ADHD, and adults who exercise in natural spaces can experience greater reductions in anxiety and blood pressure. 
The Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design offers practical advice and inspiration for ensuring that nature in the city is more than infrastructure—that it also promotes well-being and creates an emotional connection to the earth among urban residents. Divided into six parts, the Handbook begins by introducing key ideas, literature, and theory about biophilic urbanism. Chapters highlight urban biophilic innovations in more than a dozen global cities. The final part concludes with lessons on how to advance an agenda for urban biophilia and an extensive list of resources.
 As the most comprehensive reference on the emerging field of biophilic urbanism, the Handbook is essential reading for students and practitioners looking to place nature at the core of their planning and design ideas and encourage what preeminent biologist E.O. Wilson described as "the innate emotional connection of humans to all living things."


Biophilic City City Planning City Design sustainable urbanism biophilic urbanism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CharlottesvilleUSA

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.

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