Dr. Timothy Beatley is an internationally recognized sustainable cities researcher and author. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the 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 argues that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges.
Beatley is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books on these subjects, including 'Resilient Cities' and 'Ethical Land Use,' which was declared to be one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning” by the American Planning Association.
His most recent book is 'Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning,' which argues that cities can and must be designed to permit daily contact with the natural world. It identifies a variety of means for doing this, from green walls and green rooftops to urban forests and sidewalk gardens.
Beatley is a 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.
We need nature even more these days. As more people live in cities, nature offers a potent remedy to many of the environmental, economic, and emotional challenges presented by urban living. To address this, a new approach to urbanism has ...