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    Tim Beatley

    Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities University of Virginia School of Architecture Charlottesville, VA USA Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism, Native to Nowhere, Ethical Land Use, and his most recent book, Biophilic Cities. He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    January 31, 2016

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    The Value of Urban Trails
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    Mindy Fulllilove, Columbia University psychiatrist and author, likens pedestrian pathways and urban trails to arteries in the circulatory system of a city: essential conditions for creating a healthy city. There is much to be said for neighborhoods that are physically...

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    July 27, 2015

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    Get Your Blue Mind On
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    A review of the “Urban Blue,” the Blue Mind Five Summit, which took place on May 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C. “Get your blue mind on!” is a frequent expression and admonition of Wallace J. Nichols, known simply as “J”...

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    January 31, 2015

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    Is there such a thing as a “bird friendly city”? What does it look like? What does it not look like? Why bother?
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville
    Luke Engleback, Tunbridge Wells
    Dusty Gedge, London
    David Goode, London
    Madhusudan Katti, Fresno
    John Marzluff, Seattle
    Bongani Mnisi, Cape Town
    Glenn Phillips, New York City
    Kaveh Samiei, Tehran
    Ken Smith, New York
    Yolanda van Heezik, Dunedin
    Maxime Zucca, Paris

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    December 14, 2014

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    Celebrating the Wilderness Act of 1964—and Celebrating Wildness in Cities
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing into United States law of the Wilderness Act. A watershed act and a cornerstone of contemporary environmentalism, it  put into place new and important safeguards on the protection and development of...

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    August 2, 2014

    The Nature Pyramid
    TNOC Encore: Exploring the Nature Pyramid
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    (This encore publication originally appeared at TNOC on 7 August 2012.) I have long been a believer in E.O. Wilson's idea of biophilia; that we are hard-wired from evolution to need and want contact with nature. To have a healthy life, emotionally and physically, requires...

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    June 11, 2014

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    Blue Urbanism: Connecting Cities and the Nature of Oceans
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    While we are increasingly a planet of cities, we must not forget that we live and share space on the blue planet. We rarely put these two realms (or words) together, but we must begin to. By some estimates, two-thirds...

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    December 4, 2013

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    Launching the Global Biophilic Cities Network
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    Nature provides immense emotional, spiritual and health benefits to residents of cities. There is little wonder then as to why many of us in the urban planning and design fields see nature as central and essential to all that we...

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    June 5, 2013

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    Naming and Claiming in Cities of Nature—Why We Should Worry About Our Inability to Recognize Common Species
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    What we choose to name and the names we choose to remember, for the places, people and things around us, says a great deal about what is important to us. It is commonly said, and accurately so I believe, that...

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    January 13, 2013

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    Celebrating the Natural Soundscapes of Cities
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    In recent presentations about green cities and green urbanism I often play for audiences several common natural sounds, to see whether they recognize what they are hearing.  Here is one of the sounds I often play—something commonly heard in communities...

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    August 7, 2012

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    Exploring the Nature Pyramid
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville

    I have long been a believer in E.O. Wilson’s idea of biophilia; that we are hard-wired from evolution to need and want contact with nature. To have a healthy life, emotionally and physically, requires this contact. The empirical evidence of...

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