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Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning
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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.Read more ›
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!