Biophilic urbanism : restoring the human-nature connection in East Austin through equitable urban greening

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Manion, Julia

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Urbanized spaces stressed by rapid population growth and devoid of equitable access to greenspace result in a lack of meaningful human-nature interactions and reduced climate resiliency. Previous research unveils that sustainable design solutions prioritize developments with lower environmental impacts as a means of reducing energy and land use inefficiencies yet fail to consider environmental regeneration. Biophilic urbanism advocates for restorative land use planning that regenerates natural habitat through multiscale urban greening design, increasing the capacity of green infrastructure to foster resilience. I use a multimethod research approach consisting of literature and case study review, exploration of Austin’s Climate Equity Plan, and municipal and nonprofit interviews to identify opportunities of equitable biophilic urbanism interventions in Austin, TX. Research findings suggest that case studies have achieved biophilic mixed-income middle density housing and that there are synergies between City of Austin and nonprofit natural systems goals.



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