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The Future of Technobiophilia: An Interview with Sue Thomas

Have you ever wondered why so many technological terms are named after nature, such as the cloud, or why many of us have wallpapers and screensavers of beautiful natural wonders and landscapes? Could there be biophilic traits to this ever-growing technological world? When you ask Sue Thomas, author of Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, to define [...]

In Search for the Night Sky: A Visit from Paul Bogard

The Biophilic Cities Project had the honor of hosting author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (Little, Brown and Company) and professor, Paul Bogard, this past month. As a creative non-fiction writer, Bogard has a special way of sharing the research and telling the narrative of [...]

Cities are for Wildlife: An Interview with Camilla Fox, Founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote

Camilla H. Fox is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote- a national coalition of scientists, educator, predator friendly ranchers and citizen leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy. With 20 years of experience working on behalf of wildlife and wildlands and a Masters degree in wildlife ecology, [...]

Complex Backyard Jungles: An Interview with Zara McDonald, Founder of Felidae

Post by Tim Beatley and Carla Jones Zara McDonald is the Founder and President of Felidae Conservation Fund. She is an entrepreneur, conservationist, and vet technician, and has journeyed throughout four continents working on behalf of wild felid research and conservation since 2002. Zara has worked extensively in all areas of felid research, tracking and [...]

Interview with Bernie Krause

The Biophilic Cities team recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Bernie Krause, former composer/musician and author of The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places. Dr. Krause is an author, naturalist & public speaker exploring the world of soundscape ecology, bioacoustics & natural sound. Known as one of the [...]

Blue Mind: An Interview with Wallace J. Nichols

New York Times bestselling author Wallace J. Nichols joined Tim Beatley and the rest of the Biophilic Cities team to talk about the power of water and his new book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected and Better at [...]

Reinventing Nature in the City: Leave No Trace and Do No Harm Turns Into Do Something, Make It Good

An Interview with Natalie Jeremijenko, Director of the Environmental Health Clinic, Associate Professor in the Visual Art Department, NYU and affiliated with the Computer Science Department and Environmental Studies program Natalie Jeremijenko is a renowned artist, engineer, and inventor who is innovating in unexpected ways. Jeremijenko, like many others, is dissatisfied with current reactions to many of today’s greatest environmental [...]

The Green Alley Project: A University-Community Partnership in Austin, Texas

The idea of greening alleys is becoming more and more prevalent in cities across the globe. Just last year, Tim Beatley wrote about Montreal’s impressive Green Alley program.  From using alleys as stormwater management tools to creating new public green spaces, alleys provide a unique opportunity for nature in an unexpected place. This month I [...]

Building Community and Habitat in the City of St. Louis through Milkweeds for Monarchs: The St. Louis Butterfly Project

The Biophilic Cities Project had the great pleasure of interviewing the mayor and the sustainability director for the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Mayor Francis Slay and Catherine Werner described the new, successful Milkweeds for Monarchs Initiative. Catherine Werner with Mayor Francis G. Slay St. Louis may be known for the Gateway Arch [...]

Interview with Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. ©Monterey Bay Aquarium, photo by Tom O'Neal   On June 4, 2014, we had the great pleasure of interviewing Julie Packard, Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She has been the aquarium’s director since 1984 and also [...]