The Biophilic Cities Journal is produced by the Biophilic Cities Network, which is a global network of cities committed to conserving and celebrating 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. 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 this inaugural issue of the Journal. We owe special thanks to the Summit Foundation for their generous and continuing financial support for the Network and for this new Journal. We also thank the School of Architecture, University of Virginia, for hosting and supporting the Biophilic Cities Network in many ways.


Table of Contents:

Inspiration & Optimism on the Planet of Cities by Tim Beatley

Atlanta Beltline by Carla Jones

Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens by Joe Reed

Toward an Architecture for Urban Wildlife Advocacy by Joyce Hwang

Shaare Zedek Cancer Centre, Project Design by Farrow

Medellin, Columbia, A City for Life by Perez Jaramillo

Twig2Nature by Natasha Milne

A Biophilic Haven by the Thames in London, UK by Mike Wells

Arlington, Naturally by David Howell

Conserving Natural Assets in African Urban Landscapes: Achievements and Lessons Learned

Studying the Resilient Urban Wildlife of Chicago: The Work of the Lincoln Park Zoo by Tim Beatley

Austin’s New Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights and Cities Connecting Children to Nature Plan by Hayden Brooks

Biophilic Phoenix Growing the Biophilic Movement in the Valley of the Sun by Ashley Knudsen

Victoria University Living Wall, Wellington, New Zealand by Leigh Nicholson

The Healing Power of Nature Sounds in Cities by Julia Triman

“In Trees, We See Ourselves”, Book Review of Urban Forests by JD Brown

Book Review of The Nature Fix by Florence Williams, by Kevin Fraser

Intercultural and Culturally-Inclusive Biophilic Cities: An Interview with Julian Agyeman