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About the Author


Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for more than twenty years.

Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. He has written more than fifteen books on these subjects and writes a regular column for Planning Magazine, called Ever Green. He also recently collaborated on a documentary film about green cities, entitled The Nature of Cities, which has been shown on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) stations all over the U.S.

Beatley holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


About the Book:

Along with other important elements of urban greening, we must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis).

In Biophilic Cities, Beatley outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city and provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements - from the building to the regional level - around the world. From urban ecological networks and connected systems of urban greenspace, to green rooftops, green walls and sidewalk gardens, Biophilic Cities reviews the emerging practice of biophilic urban design and planning and tells many compelling stories of individuals and groups working hard to transform cities from gray and lifeless to green and biodiverse.

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Advance Praise:

"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 Disorder

"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 and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Executive Chairman, Bio-Logical Capital

"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, University of California, Berkeley

About the Publisher:


Founded in 1984, Island Press works to stimulate, shape, and communicate the information that is essential for solving environmental problems.  Today, with more than 800 titles and some 40 new releases each year, it is the nation’s leading publisher of books on environmental issues.  But Island Press does more than publish books.  It advances environmental science by nurturing the exchange of ideas across disciplines and sectors, and by helping to create a multidisciplinary literature on environmental problems and solutions.  The knowledge created is spread far beyond the range of a limited marketplacethrough sophisticated communications initiatives that reach journalists, academics, policymakers, practitioners and the general public. Through these efforts, Island Press is driving change by moving ideas from the printed page to public discourse and practice.  Island Press’s emphasis is, and will continue to be, on transforming objective information into understanding and action.  For more information and further updates be sure to check out our blogs and podcasts at www.islandpress.org