Biophilia is a crucial component of restorative urbanism. The idea is that humans have a deep-seated affinity for and connection with living things and life systems. Tim Beatley, Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, writes: “Biophilia is the ultimate… sense that our present psychology and emotional health are dependent on an ancient evolutionary brain” (2010, p. 39).
Biophilia restores biodiversity. Beatley’s 2014 film, The Nature of Cities, shows abundant plant and animal communities interwoven with the urban fabric in cities across the globe.
Biophilia restores a vibrant aesthetic. Beyond efficiency, sustainability, or resilience, a biophilic city bursts with color.
Biophilia restores safety and respect. Where places are beautiful, and the people are content, there is a greater sense of appreciation and care.
As Beatley points out in his 2010 book Biophilic Cities, cities have every inclination and opportunity to support life of all kinds. When they do, it is a wonderful thing to behold.