The biophilic city and the quest for paradise

Abstract: Purpose – This paper explores the possibilities for global concepts of paradise to serve a cross-cultural urban environmental discourse. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to a more widespread mobilization of support for biophilic urbanism.   Design/methodology/approach – The methodology deployed in the paper draws from original and secondary sources from a…

Biophilic urbanism: contributions to holistic urban greening for urban renewal

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider how biophilic urbanism complements and potentially enhances approaches for the built environment profession to holistically integrate nature into cities. Urban nature – also referred to as urban greening and green infrastructure – has increasingly been considered from many perspectives to address challenges such as…

Becoming biophilic: Challenges and opportunities for biophilic urbanism in urban planning policy

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss challenges and opportunities for the implementation of biophilic urbanism in urban green planning policy through a case study of the Green living Spaces plan in Birmingham, UK.   Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on document analysis and semi-structured interviews as a strategy of…

Biophilic urbanism: the potential to transform

Abstract: Purpose – The emergent and allied concepts of biophilia, biophilic design, and biophilic urbanism are all concerned with human experiences of nature. This spans the theoretical affiliation with, and the need for nature (biophilia) that can be achieved through design approaches in the built environment (biophilic design), and systemically throughout cities (biophilic urbanism). The…

Public awareness of “green” and “energy efficient” residential property: An empirical survey based on data from New Zealand

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the buyer awareness and acceptance of environmental and energy efficiency measures in the New Zealand residential property markets. This study aims to provide a greater understanding of consumer behaviour in the residential property market in relation to green housing issues   Design/methodology/approach – The…

“Green” developments: Environmentally responsible buildings in the UK commercial property sector

Abstract: Within the past ten years, the design, procurement and management of “green” buildings has evolved from something of a “fringe” activity into a new and increasingly popular approach to the provision of commercial property. Many UK Government agencies, and international corporations, now include green buildings as part of their property portfolios and greenissues are…