Blue Urbanism: Connecting Cities and Oceans

A new book called 'Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections between Cities and Oceans,' by Timothy Beatley, argues that cities must expand their understanding of urbanism to include their impacts on the oceans.

Jared Green reviews the book, by the same author as Biophillic Cities, in detail. Here are a few key insights to sum up the message of the book, with a lot more in the full article:

"In this book, Beatley expands his purview beyond the “green urbanism” of Biophilic Cities to the vast oceans that make up 70 percent of the face of the Earth and contain 97 percent of its water. While he still argues that cities must integrate green — really ecological design principles at all levels — into dense urban environments, he cautions that cities can’t ignore oceans and marine environments."

"The trick is turning all those good feelings about oceans — and the charismatic sea creatures we all love: whales, sea turtles, sea stars, to name a few — into real urban policies and plans that protect oceans."

Full Story: Blue Urbanism: A Mutually Sustainable Relationship between Cities and Oceans

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