Timothy Beatley-Why We All Want to Live In A Biophilic City

What on earth is a biophilic city? Well for Timothy Beatley it has become one of the main reasons he gets out of bed each day.

Tim is the founder of the global network of Biophilic Cities Network,. It's not just about New York's Highline, Singapore’s hospital in a garden or living plant walls on high rises, it’s about putting nature at the core of design and planning.

In this episode of MHP Tim chats about how he grew up in a biophilic house, about changing the language around how we speak of nature in urban environments, and which cities are creating butterfly gardens, blue belts and cities in a forest.

He explains how you don’t need to ‘get back to nature’ when it already exists as a natural connection, what the nature pyramid looks like, and how biophilic cities don’t only have to be green.

As over 10 cities have signed up to the biophilic network, there are more than 35 who want to be involved. If this is a movement, Tim argues it’s just the beginning.

Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia. He is the founder of the Biophilic cities project and author and co-author of over fifteen books on urban planning and design including. Tim believes that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges.

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