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Biophilic urbanism is based on the knowledge that humans have an innate connection with nature that should be expressed in our daily lives, especially in cities. This has not been a strong feature of architectural principles (even though there is a long tradition of landscape architecture), yet potentially it offers great rewards if it is implemented in the structure of the built environment. This chapter looks at the multiple co-benefits of biophilic urbanism within the city and how it can help in overcoming fossil fuel dependence and making a more resilient city.

By assigning value to a variety of indicators influenced by biophilic design, the business case for biophilia proves that disregarding humans’ inclination towards nature is simultaneously denying potential for positive financial growth.

—Bill Browning et al., in “The Economics of Biophilia”

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Newman, P., Beatley, T., Boyer, H. (2017). Build Biophilic Urbanism in the City and Its Bioregion. In: Resilient Cities. Island Press, Washington, DC.

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