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E-book of the month

Each month, Island Press discounts one of its e-books wherever e-books are sold. Bookmark this page and check back each month for the latest e-book deal. Now available:

Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design

By Timothy Beatley

$39.99 Now $19.99 9781610916219


Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design

"Practical, passionate, and packed with ideas and advice, the Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design is a must for anyone looking to transform urban environments into better, more livable places."
—Civil Engineering

"In his latest excellent book...Beatley brings together all the established science, the important case studies, the innovative code and design practices from around the world in one place. Even if you think you already know a lot about this subject, there will be some interesting new facets in this book for you to explore."
—ASLA's The Dirt

What if, even in the heart of a densely developed city, people could have meaningful encounters with nature?

The Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design offers practical advice and inspiration for ensuring that nature in the city is more than infrastructure—that it also creates an emotional connection to the earth and promotes well-being among urban residents. Divided into six parts, the Handbook introduces key ideas about biophilic urbanism, highlights urban biophilic innovations in more than a dozen global cities, and concludes with lessons and resources for advancing urban biophilia.

As the most comprehensive reference on the emerging field of biophilic urbanism, the Handbook is essential reading for students and practitioners looking to place nature at the core of their planning and design ideas.




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