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Your Next Prescription Might be a Park

by Stella Tarnay, Biophilic DC The next time you go to a doctor, your prescription may be to a local park. Responding to an epidemic of diabetes and obesity among his pediatric patients, Dr. Robert Zarr has been prescribing activity in parks at his Upper Cardozo Health Center in Washington DC for the past several [...]

Daylighting from Different Angles

By Katherine Gloede Blurring sometimes rigid boundaries between indoors and outdoors is key to biophilic design. Maximization of natural light, or daylighting, is a key ingredient ripe with obvious benefits and unique opportunities. Natural light reduces daytime energy use and fulfills our inherent attraction to affiliate with nature. This particular connection with the outdoors improves [...]

The Biophilic City and Wildlife

Post written by John Hadidian, Senior Scientist for the Humane Society of the United States’s Wildlife Program Cities are humanity’s preferred habitat, just as rocky intertidal zones are preferred by barnacles and deciduous forests by scarlet tanagers. More than half of all humans now live within urban boundaries, while in some places -- Australia for [...]

Sounding Out Environmental Health

Post written by Julia Africa, Program Leader, Nature, Health, and the Built Environment at the Center for Health and the Global Environment The great beating heart of the biophilic cities proposition, a colleague recently pointed out, is its fearless use of the word “love”; urban greening frameworks rarely cast our innate affinity for nature in [...]

Using Green Walls to Educate Children

Post written by MARC GRAÑÉN – landscape artist. I began using landscapes as art with the intention to bring nature to children. I realized that the only way to create change was through children. As they spend most of their time at school, that is where I had to start. This is how I began [...]

Green roofs on buses? Phytokinetic says yes!

Post written by MARC GRAÑÉN - landscape artist. PHYTOKINETIC After many years working in landscape projects, increasing green areas in urban environments by using walls and roofs, I noticed how many square meters were not used in other ways. I decided to create the first and unique worldwide-patented system to increase green urban areas, through [...]

Fremantle Greenskins: Green Wall Trials in a Challenging Climate

In 2011 a local council in Perth, Western Australia imposed the construction of a green wall as a condition of development for a builder of a block of units. This was because the intended units would obstruct the view of an existing block of units. The council saw a green wall as a beneficial and [...]

Resilient Cities and Adaptive Law Pt 4: Adaptation & Resilient Cities

This is the fourth of four parts about resilient cities and adaptive law. Read part 1, part 2, and part 3 here.)  In a recent Environmental Law Reporter article, “Adaptive Law and Resilience,” resilience scientist Lance Gunderson and I have identified aspects of the U.S. legal system that are maladaptive to interconnected nonlinear change in [...]

Resilient Cities & Adaptive Law Pt 3: Private Property Rights & Resilient Cities

(This is the third of four parts about resilient cities and adaptive law by guest columnist, Tony Arnold. Read part 1 and part 2 here.) In a recent Environmental Law Reporter article, “Adaptive Law and Resilience,” resilience scientist Lance Gunderson and I have identified aspects of the U.S. legal system that are maladaptive to interconnected [...]

Resilient Cities & Adaptive Law Pt 2: Local Governance & Resilient Cities

(This is the second of four parts about resilient cities and adaptive law by guest columnist Tony Arnold.  Please click here to read the first post.) In a recent Environmental Law Reporter article, “Adaptive Law and Resilience,” resilience scientist Lance Gunderson and I have identified aspects of the U.S. legal system that are maladaptive to [...]