The Why of Urban Forestry
Biophilia, meaning the love of nature, perhaps an unfamiliar term to many of us, is the urge of humans to affiliate with other living things. Although many of us know this concept intuitively, it can take on many facets and become difficult to wrap one’s mind around.
The core notion of biophilia is an experience of love or attraction to living biological systems. In addition, there’s the biophilia hypothesis, first introduced by the celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in 1984. The hypothesis holds that human beings, having spent much of their evolutionary development as a species in nature, are inherently drawn to natural settings. For those who are so inclined, it could be a God thing. Designing a property, neighborhood or city incorporating biophilic aspects essentially means providing space for nature in one or more of its many forms.