Future Cities: The Blue and Biophilic

  • Timothy Beatley
Part of the Cities and the Global Politics of the Environment book series (CGPEP)


We live on the blue planet and, increasingly, an urban planet. Yet we often don’t connect these realities. This chapter begins to explore these important blue–urban connections and argues that marine nature offers remarkable opportunities to promote wildness, health and healing, and a deeper sense of place. Blue cities can be biophilic cities. Cities around the world are beginning to seize these opportunities to overcome the “ocean blindness” that is a major obstacle to these city-ocean connections. Appreciation for nearby marine nature and wildness will continue to grow, and planning and design will increasingly reflect this.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Beatley
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  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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