Concluding Thoughts: Growing the Biophilic City

  • Timothy BeatleyEmail author


It is worth repeating a central theme in this book: There is a remarkable amount of nature in and around cities, and in addition to creating more environmentally sustainable urban areas it can and should serve as the foundation for deeper, more meaningful lives—lives lived in closer connection with nature and with each other. It is a different concept of nature from the more Arcadian notions that tend to underpin our national park system, for instance. It is a nature that has been heavily impacted by the human hand yet no less sheltering and restorative of mind and spirit. And increasingly it is a designed nature, as when we seek to include green elements such as green rooftops and vertical gardens.


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© Timothy Beatley 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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