By Timothy Beatley
A biophilic urban is greater than easily a biodiverse urban, says Beatley. it's a position that learns from nature and emulates usual structures, comprises traditional types and pictures into its structures and cityscapes, and designs and plans along side nature. A biophilic urban cherishes the average beneficial properties that exist already but additionally works to revive and service what has been misplaced or degraded.
In Biophilic towns Beatley not just outlines the basic parts of a biophilic urban, yet offers examples and tales approximately towns that experience effectively built-in biophilic elements--from the development to the neighborhood level--around the world.
From city ecological networks and attached structures of city greenspace, to eco-friendly rooftops and eco-friendly partitions and sidewalk gardens, Beatley stories the rising perform of biophilic city layout and making plans, and tells many compelling tales of people and teams operating demanding to rework towns from gray and useless to eco-friendly and biodiverse.
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46 The biodiversity below is sometimes at the surface and can add much to the vitality and charm of the city. Such has been the case for the sea lions that several years ago arrived at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Originally viewed as a nuisance, they have become a tourist attraction and a convenient point of education about marine life. Staff of the Marine Mammal Center are present at the pier and use the sea lions as an opportunity to talk with visitors about this marine mammal and marine ecology.
We need contact with nature, and that nature can also take the form of shapes and images integrated into building designs, as we will see. I have written much in the past about green cities and green urbanism, and I continue to argue for the importance of this broader agenda. Biophilic urban design and biophilic urban planning represent one particular, albeit critical, element of green urbanism—the connection with and designing-in of nature in cities. In recognizing the innate need for a connection to nature, biophilic cities tie the argument for green cities and green urbanism more directly to human well-being than to energy or environmental conservation.
As a species, humans have been cultivating the earth and growing crops, for about 10,000 years, yet leaf-cutter ants have been cultivating and gardening fungi for some 40 million years. The longer arcs of history and geology are great ways to frame present-day cities. Leslie Day, in her Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City,54 frames the discussion of the abundant nature in New York in terms of its fascinating geological and natural history. The story for her begins 400 million years ago, when the site of modern-day New York was then “towering mountain peaks,” the gradual erosion of which has left behind many of the landscape features visible today.