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Biophilic City Planning

In his preface, Beatley effectively summarizes the topics addressed by his book and his purpose in writing it: “This handbook is about the power of nature to create better, more livable, sustainable, and resilient urban neighborhoods and environments.  It is intended to be useful in several ways.  First, it provides a comprehensive guide to biophilic urbanism and urban practice, with a wealth of information about how cities can integrate nature into their planning and design processes and projects.

Second, it offers inspiration for how cities of the future might look, feel, and function. . . .  as we move into the urban age, we are desperately in need of new models, examples, and frames of reference for the relationship between urban and natural environments. . . . this handbook is intended to advance and solidify some of these nascent ways of understanding and speaking about nature in cities.

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