Timothy Beatley

Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with a special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas, including the following books: Ethical Land Use; Habitat Conservation Planning: Endangered Species and Urban Growth; Natural Hazard Mitigation; and An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. His books that explore these issues include Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Blue Urbanism (Island Press).

Bird-Friendly and Biophilic City: Integrating Safe, Natural Habitats into Urban Design and Planning

A Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network event

Tim Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, outlined the essential elements of a biophilic city and provided examples of cities that have successfully...

Tim Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, outlined the essential elements of a biophilic city and provided examples of cities that have successfully integrated biophilic elements--from the building to the regional level--around the world.

Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

A Security & Sustainability Forum Webinar

The "greening" of cities can focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, human...

The "greening" of cities can focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms.

Join Island Press and the Security and Sustainability Forum in a free webinar featuring Tim Beatley, Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and author of Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design.