What are Biophilic Cities?

June 20, 2024


In the early 1900s author Ellen Burns Sherman is said to have penned what would become the rationale for biophilic cities more than 100 years later: “The more civilized man becomes, the more he needs and craves a great background of forest wildness, to which he may return like a contrite prodigal from the husks of an artificial life.”

We’ll forgive Sherman for her use of masculine pronouns, written at a time when cities weren’t as numerous as they are today. But we thank her for expressing humans’ innate need for nature, harkening back to our origins as hunters and gatherers.

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