Biophilic Connections and Environmental Encounters in the Urban Age takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on the authors’ wide range of experience, to provide a greater understanding of the different dimensions of environmental engagement. It considers the ways that we interact with our environments, presenting a comprehensive account of how people negotiate and use the urban landscape.
Set within current debates concerning urban futures, societal issues, sustainable cities, health and well-being, the book explores our innate need for contact with the natural world through biophilic design thinking to expand our knowledge base and promote a wider understanding of the importance of these interactions on our collective well-being. It responds to questions such as, what are the urban qualities that support our well-being? As an urbanised society what are the environmental determinants that promote healthy and satisfying lifestyles? Beginning with an overview of concepts relating to biophilia and environmental engagement, it moves through current theory and practice, different pathways and their characteristics, before presenting real world examples and applications through illustrated case studies in different world situations.
With a particular focus on the experience of individuals, the book is essential reading for students, researchers, and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, design and health sciences, interested in the future of our cities and the importance of green spaces.
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Chapter 1. The Multi-Dimensions of Environmental Engagement
Chapter 2. Exploring Biophilia
Chapter 3. Pathways, Nature Placings and Green Infrastructure
Chapter 4. Choreography of the Landscape Experience
Chapter 5. Biophilia as an Embodied Experience: The Emotional Dimension and Agency of the Arts
Chapter 6. Listening into Nature: Exploring Children’s Biophilic Experiences of Urban Wild-Spaces
With Sharon Watson
Chapter 7. Urban Food Growing as a Biophilic Pathway
Chapter 8. Moving from Theory to Practice: Approaches and Parameters
Chapter 9. Case Studies
1. Arup Cities Alive: A Green-Infrastructure-Led Design Approach
2. Providing Local Green Infrastructure: The Case Study of Warndon Villages and the Warndon Project
3. Biophilic Streets: Initiatives on Shifting Street Paradigms
4. Delivering Environmental Justice: The Birmingham City of Nature Plan
5. Kampung Admiralty, Singapore, WOHA Architects
6. Forest School: Establishing Environmental Literacy and Environmentally Focussed Life Skills
7. Co-design, Partnerships and Environmental Stewardship: The Case Study of Gardens for Wildlife Victoria
8. Biophilic Workplaces: The Case of Amazon Spheres, Seattle, USA
Chapter 10. Biophilically Focussed Environmental Aesthetic