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Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design

Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design (Paperback)

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What if, even in the heart of a densely developed city, people could have meaningful encounters with nature? While parks, street trees, and green roofs are increasingly appreciated for their technical services like storm water reduction, from a biophilic viewpoint, they also facilitate experiences that contribute to better physical and mental health: natural elements in play areas can lessen children's symptoms of ADHD and adults who exercise in natural spaces can experience greater reductions in anxiety and blood pressure. The Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design offers practical advice and inspiration for ensuring nature in the city is more than infrastructure, that it also creates an emotional connection to the earth and promotes well-being among urban residents. Divided into six parts, the Handbook begins by introducing key ideas, literature, and theory about biophilic urbanism; followed by chapters that highlight urban biophilic innovations in more than a dozen global cities; the final part concludes with lessons on how to advance an agenda for urban biophilia and an extensive list of resources.As the most comprehensive reference on the emerging field of biophilic urbanism, the Handbook is essential reading for students and practitioners looking to place nature at the core of their planning and design ideas and encourage what pre-eminent biologist E.

O. Wilson described as "the innate emotional connection of humans to all living things."

Architecture & DesignArchitectureArchitectural structure & designArchitecture & DesignArchitectureLandscape art & architectureScience & MathematicsRegional & area planningUrban & municipal planning Publisher: Island Press Publication Date: 05/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9781610916202  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. He is the author of many books including Planning for Coastal Resilience, Biophilic Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).

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