A basis for inquiry into policy considerations for increasing the application of biophilic urbanism

Reeve, Angela, Desha, Cheryl, Hargroves, Charlie, Newman, Peter, & Hargreaves, Douglas (2013) A basis for inquiry into policy considerations for increasing the application of biophilic urbanism. In Rauch, Sébastien, Morrison, Gregory, Norra, Stefan, & Schleicher, Nina (Eds.) Urban Environment: Proceedings of the 11th Urban Environment Symposium (UES), Springer, Karlsruhe, Germany, pp. 143-151.

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Urban design that harnesses natural features (such as green roofs and green walls) to improve design outcomes is gaining significant interest, particularly as there is growing evidence of links between human health and wellbeing, and contact with nature. The use of such natural features can provide many significant benefits, such as reduced urban heat island effects, reduced peak energy demand for building cooling, enhanced stormwater attenuation and management, and reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The principle of harnessing natural features as functional design elements, particularly in buildings, is becoming known as ‘biophilic urbanism’. Given the potential for global application and benefits for cities from biophilic urbanism, and the growing number of successful examples of this, it is timely to develop enabling policies that help overcome current barriers to implementation. This paper describes a basis for inquiry into policy considerations related to increasing the application of biophilic urbanism. The paper draws on research undertaken as part of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) In Australia in partnership with the Western Australian Department of Finance, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Green Roofs Australasia, and Townsville City Council (CitySolar Program). The paper discusses the emergence of a qualitative, mixed-method approach that combines an extensive literature review, stakeholder workshops and interviews, and a detailed study of leading case studies. It highlights the importance of experiential and contextual learnings to inform biophilic urbanism and provides a structure to distil such learnings to benefit other applications.

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ID Code: 58163
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: policy, biophilic urbanism, method of inquiry
DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-7756-9_12
ISBN: 9789400777552
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7756-9_12
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2013 22:54
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2016 06:08

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