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Reviewing a Renewing Phoenix

by Martha Morris The 2016 American Planning Association national conference recently drew thousands of urban planning practitioners and students into busy downtown Phoenix and its desert landscape. Cactus murals, plaques identifying the horizon’s mountain peaks, and even the warm tones and patterns inside the Sky Harbor Airport invoked an appreciation of the desert. It’s not [...]

Humane Co-existence in the Biophilic City

Post written by Tim Beatley I think one important litmus test for a biophilic city might be the extent to which it commits to finding ways to effectively and humanely co-exist with other forms of life. It is remarkable to think that one could live in a metropolis like San Francisco where it might be [...]

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 [...]

A Biophilic Bubble for Every Room?

by Timothy Beatley About a year ago I happened to duck into Sightglass Coffee, in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, a place that had been highly recommended to me. The coffee there was good, but I was especially pleasantly surprised to discovered two beautiful glass terraria sitting on a counter near the shop’s front windows. [...]

Biophilic Urbanism On The Rise

We need nature even more these days. As we increasingly live in cities, nature delivers a potent remedy to many of the environmental, economic (and emotional) challenges living in cities today presents. To address this, a new approach to urbanism has arisen – a “biophilic” urbanism - which assumes that contact with nature and the [...]

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 [...]

Ademprivi: An ancient tradition of community agriculture in Sardinia

In cities and towns across the U.S., community farms and gardens have been gaining popularity as a hip way for urban residents to meet their neighbors, get their hands dirty, and grow their own fresh food. In several instances, these farms also serve another purpose—that of providing fruits and vegetables to disadvantaged neighbors, people who [...]

Aquaponics: Growing More with Less

Portable fish farm at Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: Steven Walling. Accessed from the Wikimedia Commons. With the recent increase in popularity of urban farming on the rise, the question arises: how much food can actually be generated in the city?  One technique that can increase calories per square foot while also [...]

Growing Food in the Biophilic City

Growing food is one of the most biophilic activities there is, with the potential to connect us with terra firma and to one another. Growing food involves knowledge of weather, water and nutrient cycles, and place. It means being outside, engaging in physical exercise and activity, and it delivers positive emotional and psychological benefits.  Food-producing gardens [...]