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by Timothy Beatley

eBook Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning download ISBN: 1597267155
Author: Timothy Beatley
Publisher: Island Press; 2nd None ed. edition (October 25, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 208
ePub: 1770 kb
Fb2: 1544 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Subcategory: Social Sciences

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 th. .

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.

Biophilic Urban Design and Planning. Wildness, in this book, refers to urban nature, which is inherently human impacted or influenced. Beatley also demonstrates the many ways to design urban landscapes and buildings to bring nature into the hearts of our cities. Urban wildness is not wilderness as we have traditionally conceived it in environmental circles.

This paper identifies examples of biophilic design patterns in Australian urban design and selected international case studies.

A biophilic city is more than simply a biodiverse city, says Beatley.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. A biophilic city is more than simply a biodiverse city, says Beatley. It is a place that learns from nature and emulates natural systems, incorporates natural forms and images into its buildings and cityscapes, and designs and plans in conjunction with nature. A biophilic city cherishes the natural features that already exist but also works to restore and repair what has been lor degraded.

In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a.Biophilic Urban Design and Planning.

In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements-from the building to the regional level-around the world.

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In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but . Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the "greening" of cities

In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements-from the building to the regional level-around the world. Tim Beatley has long been a leader in advocating for the "greening" of cities. But too often, he notes, urban greening efforts focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems.

In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements-from the building to the regional level-around the world

In Biophilic Cities Beatley not only outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city, but provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements-from the building to the regional level-around the world.

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Comments: (6)
Visonima
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!
BlackHaze
nice book but hey it just talking about a new luxurious term of ecological design. We had the professor himself given the lecture in Virginia Tech. I tell you that this book doesn't give a real worthy knowledge as I expected. I was fooled by the fancy title.
Oppebro
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.
Ishnsius
Great book used it for a sustainability class!
Agalen
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.

Personally I would have liked a different format to the book as I found once I'd grasped the concept, the chosen style was somewhat repetitive, particularly as many of the examples were used to illustrate different points in a number of chapters. Some detailed case studies and a stronger economic argument would have been beneficial, especially if this work is to be used to persuade today's decision makers to incorporate its principles into their legislation and planning.

However, this is still an important, relatively compact work, which deserves to be on the reading list of all planning, architecture and landscape design courses.

NB This review first appeared in 'Green Places' magazine in July 2011 and on amazon.co.uk in September 2011.
Marr
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.