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Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning Paperback – October 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1597267151 ISBN-10: 1597267155

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press (October 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597267155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597267151
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This outstanding and important book provides inspiration and practical guidance for addressing the basic human need for nature in a rapidly urbanizing world, authored by one of the world's great authorities on harmonizing nature and humanity in cities today."
(Stephen R. Kellert Professor Emeritus, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)


"The future of our species depends on our ability to coexist with the natural world. But what does this actually mean for human settlements? Biophilic Cities makes the case for why nature is so vital to the human experience, and how urban planning and design can harness our affinities with nature to create more sustainable cities. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of cities."
(Jennifer Wolch Dean, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley)


"Presenting both conceptual overviews and practical advice, the work tackles building, site, and community-level planning and goes beyond the now-familiar tenets of 'green building' to advocate for an ecosystem wide vision for habitat conservation, restoration and construction....This work is appropriate for college-level planning and design students but will also be of interest to environmental activists and green construction practitioners."
(Reference & Research Book News)


"Makes a compelling case for including more nature in our cities…Tremendously educational and provides the reader with a delightful new perspective to re-explore their surroundings."
(Re:place Magazine)


"...Biophilic Cities provides a convincing argument for integrating 'nature' into cities...the book is excellent at bringing together environment-behavior studies and summarizing the latest in environmental-psychology research."
(Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review)


"This book expresses the credo of a very dedicated author who sees great merits in re-introducing nature into cities and urban culture."
(Urban Design)


"Because of his great vision, Tim Beatley is a hero to many of us. To paraphrase a famous quote, some people see cities as they are and ask why; Tim Beatley sees cities as they could be (filled with nature) and says why not?"
(Richard Louv author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Di)
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for more than twenty years. He is the author of many books, including Resilient Cities, Green Urbanism, and Green Urbanism Down Under, all published by Island Press.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brown on April 7, 2012
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Timothy Beatley has written a very refreshing book which outlines, in somewhat brief segments, the different and very contemporary attempts at making biophilic urban environments. The very format of the book will please those who are discovering the ideas as the author summarizes them. Those who are already aware of the different ideas may find the book simplistic. I found the book well written and fascinating. As a recent publication it also is chock-full of sources in its bibilography. The work's chief attribute is its clarity and the concise nature of its layering.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire Bookworm on September 17, 2011
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Timothy Beatley might be an unfamiliar name here in the UK, but in the USA he is a well-known advocate for the greening of cities through his role as Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia.

For him, this greening isn't just about improving recycling rates or using renewable energy. He believes we have an innate need to connect with nature in our daily lives. If satisfying this need isn't incorporated into urban design, then a steady decline in our mental and physical health will surely follow.

In Biophilic Cities, Beatley sets out his holistic vision of how this can be achieved: by conserving and improving on what's already there, or by repairing nature whenever the opportunity arises. This isn't just about having one or two "grand design" style projects: the cumulative benefit of having smaller, closer green spaces is also discussed.

He argues that nature in our cities isn't just about biodiversity or lots of types of green space either. It's a place where natural materials, forms, systems and images are incorporated into design. There must also be plenty of opportunities to celebrate or learn about the natural world, usually through community initiatives and organisations.

He also recognises that strong leadership is needed to make all of this happen, e.g. via a local mayor, a professional body or a campaign group. Specific legislation is also cited as ensuring success at city, regional or national levels.

There are plentiful examples of how major cities around the world have integrated nature into their urban planning, plus how a biophilic vision can be broken down into specific measures of success. Here the more familiar green roofs, green walls, urban nature trails, community farms and gardens are discussed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hippie_Hijabi on August 19, 2012
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Even though I had to read this book for an Ecology class, it was a thrilling read. I learned a great deal from this book, and got a fantastic perspective on how the future may (and should) be if biophilic techniques and cities catch on.

I did write a ton of notes in this book, even though it's a thin book. It's packed full of information, and it's read-friendly with sections for each concept. The author also uses a lot of interesting exactly from countries all over the world that you can actually do further research in (if you're into that).

All in all, I expect to keep this book for a long time and keep up with the updates in the field of biophilic urban design. Go green!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on May 19, 2013
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I got this as a textbook for my sustainability course and it has turned out to be a great read even beyond the class. I even got to meet the author and have him sign it.
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