The Biophilic Cities Journal is produced by Biophilic Cities, which partners with cities, scholars and advocates from across the globe with the aim of helping to build an understanding of the value and contribution of nature in cities to the lives of urban residents. As a central element of our work, the Biophilic Cities Network is a global collaboration of partner cities committed to working in concert to conserve and celebrate nature in all its forms and the many important ways in which cities and their inhabitants benefit from the biodiversity and wild urban spaces present in cities. Participation in the network acknowledges the importance of daily contact with nature as an element of a meaningful urban life, as well as the ethical responsibility that cities have to conserve global nature as shared habitat for non-human life and people.

Many individuals and organizations are due thanks for helping produce the Journal. We owe special thanks to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Summit Foundation for their generous and continuing financial support for Biophilic Cities. We also thank the University of Virginia School of Architecture for hosting and supporting Biophilic Cities in many ways.

Table of Contents:

Marching for Our Lives and for Nature by Tim Beatley

Elevating Nature: Milan’s Bosco Verticale by Reid Coffman

Plant Selection and Performance in a Vertical City by Julia Kane Africa

Blue Cities for Better Health by Jenny Roe

The Chicago Wheat Prairie: Project Design by Omni Ecosystems

Anlong Village: Integrating Biophilic City and Countryside by Phoebe Tran and Rositsa T. Ilieva

London as the World’s First National Park City by Tim Beatley

The Singapore Rail Corridor: Transforming a Former Railway Line into an Extraordinary Community Space by See Nin Tan

The City of Crows by Kaeli Swift

Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System Review by Martha Morris

New From Biophilic Cities Staff

The Perth Cultural Centre Wetland by Tim Beatley

New Directions for Biophilc Design Research by Julia Triman

Austin’s Central Library is an Experience in Orchestrated Delight by Kathy Zarsky

A Biophilic Cities Index by Dr. Guoping Huang

Interview with Paul Bogard on The Ground Beneath Us by JD Brown