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Biophilic Urbanism:
Cities + Nature Together

Sustainability Series

Tim Beatley

  • Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities
  • Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Biophilia, a concept popularized by E.O. Wilson, says that we have an innate need for contact with nature and the natural world. We need nature in our lives to be happy, productive, and healthy; it is not optional, but a requisite condition of urban life. In this talk, Tim Beatley will review the emerging practice of biophilic urban design and planning. He will highlight the many compelling stories of individuals and groups working hard to transform cities from gray and lifeless to green and biodiverse.

Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at University of Virginia's School of Architecture. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities and the creative strategies by which cities can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places.

Monday, October 8, 2012
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
(lunch will be provided)