Writings from Tim Beatley’s distinguished colleagues

Houston’s Biophilia Boom

Houston is once again a boom town.  The city’s robust economic recovery and strong jobs market led The Atlantic to proclaim in May 2013 that “Houston is Unstoppable,” one of many accolades of late that has drawn attention to our nation’s fourth largest city.  But unlike in years past, the attention paid to Houston is [...]

Part 2: Biophilia is Catching in the Nation’s Capital

(This article is second in a two-part series on Biophilia in Washington, DC, written by Stella Tarnay.  Click here to read Part 1.) Here in the nation’s capital, a movement is afoot to bring nature into the direct experience of residents and for the benefit of the overall environment. Dennis Chestnut, executive director of Groundwork [...]

Part 1: Biophilia is Catching in the Nation’s Capital

Last month a fox was sighted at Logan Circle, one of the Washington, DC's bustling residential neighborhoods. A wild turkey, part of a flock that lives at the former Civil War encampment Fort Dupont Park, found its way to the windows of downtown law firms, setting off a flurry of tweets and speculation. This spring [...]

ASU Students Research the Biophilic Qualities in Phoenix

Las fall, a team of Sustainable Cities Honors Students from Arizona State University participated in group research projects examining biophilic characteristics in and around Phoenix. Each team had a site or neighborhood within the city that they examined for characteristics such as environmental stewardship, community engagement, knowledge and proximity to nature, and prevalence of fauna [...]

Biodiversity, a wealth for cities

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has just celebrated its 5th World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, and is adding a new chapter to its long history of biodiversity conservation. Across the world, dedicated IUCN members are working to expand and improve the management of protected areas, increase knowledge on the status of threatened species, [...]

San Francisco – A Partner City

  by Scott Edmondson, AICP, San Francisco Planning Department What is the difference between a green city and a biophilic one? After all, San Francisco, like  other top green cities (Portland, Seattle, etc.) has many green features. What more could be needed? What difference would a biophilic approach make? The short answer might be that [...]