Biophilic Cities Are Resilient Cities

As the planet continues to rapidly urbanize there is a growing sense that a new model is needed: one that overcomes the physical (and mental) disconnect between nature and cities. Prof. Timothy Beatley believes that contact with nature is not something optional but it absolutely essential for a happy, healthy and meaningful life. Urban design and planning that puts nature at the centre is also the most effective approach to achieving resilience, an especially urgent challenge in the era of climate change. Prof. Beatley will review the many ways in which cities are already profoundly natureful and biodiverse and he will describe the emerging concept of Biophilic Urbanism as alternative global vision for how cities might grow in ways that make them profoundly resilient. He will discuss the newly formed global Biophilic Cities Network and will provide examples of innovative design and planning in cities in the Network.