City Planning and Animals: Expanding Our Urban Compassion Footprint

  • Timothy BeatleyEmail author
  • Marc Bekoff
Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 12)


For most of us living in cities or suburbs, there is relatively little recognition of or thinking about the other animals and life forms that occupy our planet, aside from the domesticated companion animals (pets) who share a special place in our households. We often forget that we coinhabit our landscapes and built environments with many “others,” a rich and diverse array of animals and life, whose ethical and planning status is ambiguous to say the least. Little or no explicit attention has been given to animals in the planning literature, or in contemporary planning practice, despite the ubiquity of “animal questions”, and the extent to which urban policy and urban development affect them. We argue here that this should change and provide many examples here of the ways in which the interests of animals can and should be integrated into planning their policy and practice. The contemporary values that underpin city and regional planning must we believe shift to include animals. The status and condition of animals, so impacted by planning policy at many levels, should become a legitimate and important topic of discussion within professional planning circles, as well as more generally in community planning processes and community engagement discussions.


Bluefin Tuna City Planning Canada Goose Whale Shark Building Owner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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