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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. [...]

Launching the Global Biophilic Cities Network

By Tim Beatley From October 17-20, 2013, the Biophilic Cities Launch convened an impressive group of urban leaders from around the country and the world. The conference was a significant step forward for our work developing the concepts of biophilic cities and biophilic urbanism, and extending and applying these concepts around the world   It was [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Resilient Cities and Adaptive Law Pt. 1: Resilience Science & the Legal System

(This article is Part 1 in a 4 part series on "Resilient Cities and Adaptive Law" by guest columnist Tony Arnold.) Are cities resilient – or can they become more resilient – in the face of significant and uncertain disturbances that affect interconnected natural, physical, and social systems, such as climate change, water scarcity and/or [...]

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 [...]

A Box Turtle Returns Home

The story of our box turtle began about 6 months ago, when while hiking along our neighborhood creek, we encountered an off-leash dog carrying something that looked to be large in his mouth.  The dog was having some fun tossing this object around, but we soon realized to our horror that it wasn’t a rock [...]