About the Book:

Along with other important elements of urban greening, we must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis).

In Biophilic Cities, Beatley outlines the essential elements of a biophilic city and provides examples and stories about cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements – from the building to the regional level – around the world. From urban ecological networks and connected systems of urban greenspace, to green rooftops, green walls and sidewalk gardens, Biophilic Cities reviews the emerging practice of biophilic urban design and planning and tells many compelling stories of individuals and groups working hard to transform cities from gray and lifeless to green and biodiverse.


“Because of his great vision, Tim Beatley is a hero to many of us. To paraphrase a famous quote, some people see cities as they are and ask why; Tim Beatley sees cities as they could be (filled with nature) and says why not?”

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder