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Biophilic Urbanism

Biophilic Urbanism

Sustainable Earth welcomes submissions to the article collection on 'Biophilic Urbanism'.

This article collection is dedicated to the opportunities and priorities for biophilic urbanism to shape vibrant and livable cities.

Cities continue to be at the center of business, life and culture, with ‘urban’ living already the norm for more than half of humanity. The form and function of these spaces are influenced by a multitude of factors including urban migration, aging, climate change, technology innovation and resource availability. Now more than ever, citizens and governments are seeking solutions for thriving in this dynamic, exploring innovations for clean air, clean water, and clean energy, in addition to improved wellbeing, and social cohesion. In seeking solutions towards thriving in a changing world, there has been some recognition of the potential for re-learning and incorporating age-old wisdom. Unique and exciting opportunities to combine old and new learnings have been created. Biophilic urbanism is one such approach that unites intuitive knowing and understandings with contemporary knowledge and technologies to bring together multiple disciplines in creating vibrant, livable and resilient future cities. Biophilic urbanism creates powerful personal and collective experiences that are inherently good for us and for the planet. We are keen to deepen insights into the potential for scaling-up the integration of such outcomes in our cities globally, seeking contributions from authors exploring the use and impacts of patterns, places, forms, materials, sounds and smells of nature, in addition to methodologies, approaches, processes, and provocations for creative design, good governance, and forward thinking in this field.

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Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Sustainable Earth. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Sustainable Earth submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'Biophilic Urbanism'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Lead Guest Editor

Tim Beatley, University of Virginia, USA

Guest Editors

Cheryl Desha, Griffith University, Australia
Peter Newman, Curtin University, Australia

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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  1. By 2050, there are forecast to be 2.4 billion more people in cities, and this century could rightly be called the urban century. This paper argues that, paradoxically, without the use of nature the urban centu...

    Authors: Robert Ian McDonald, Timothy Beatley and Thomas Elmqvist
    Citation: Sustainable Earth 2018 1:3