Tim Beatley, author and founder of the Biophilic Cities Network, will be in town March 29 to participate in the Imagine Austin Speaker Series.
The concept of “biophilia” contends that people have co-evolved with nature and that people have a deep need to affiliate with the natural world. In this talk, Beatley will discuss the planning and design agenda of biophilic urbanism and the need for cities to shift toward a more nature integrative approach.
Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last 25 years. Beatley is the author or co-author of more than 15 books.
His talks in Austin will be “The Nature Prescription: Designing Cities for Health and Happiness.”
A public session will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The sessions are sponsored by Imagine Austin and Development Services’ Community Tree Preservation Division as part of its Nature in the City-Austin initiative. Nature in the City – Austin helps to implement the Imagine Austin and Austin’s Urban Forest plans through ongoing community engagement and information sharing.