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

By |June 15th, 2013|Categories: Biophliic Cities, Blog, Guest Blog|

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 we welcomed once again the blooming of the cherry blossoms  and the arrival of thousands of visitors—human and feathered—to our fair city. (If the use of digital cameras is any clue, the pink blossoms are a star player in tourists’ spring vacations.) Some of our non-human visitors stay for a while, like the wood thrush, the acadian fly catcher, and the yellow-billed cuckoos, who settle in the under story canopy [...]

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ASU Students Research the Biophilic Qualities in Phoenix

By |February 21st, 2013|Categories: Blog, Guest Blog, Interviews|

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 on vacant lots.  They used various research methods from surveys to interviews to GIS calculations, and then presented their work in a final presentation.  Our team in Virginia was lucky enough to be Skyped in on the presentations, and so we were also able to learn more about Phoenix through their hard work and thoughtful research methods. Below, is an interview of the Honor's students created for this blog. In [...]

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Biodiversity, a wealth for cities

By |October 10th, 2012|Categories: Biophilic Cities, Blog, Guest Blog|

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, and  build capacity for biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources through projects. Additionally, the awareness among IUCN members is growing to strengthen engagement with local and regional authorities. Many cities host a surprisingly rich and diverse natural environment: • Brussels, for example, contains more than 50 percent of the floral species found in Belgium; • The Île-de-France region - which surrounds Paris and is the most populated region in France - is home to [...]

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San Francisco – A Partner City

By |August 10th, 2012|Categories: Biophliic Cities, Blog, Guest Blog|

  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 biophilic planning and development infuse a city with an abundance of nature. As Professor Beatley more eloquently states, biophilic city planning “is about redefining the very essence of cities as places of wild and restorative nature, from rooftops to roadways to riverfronts. It is about understanding cities as places that already harbor much nature and places that can become, through bold vision and persistent practice, even greener and richer in [...]

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