What is a Biophilic city?
Updated: Sep 2, 2020
Connecting Fountain Hills with nature. Contributed by FH Resident, Jeny Davis.
Put simply, biophilic means a connection to nature and incorporating it into everyday life. This can be applied to lifestyle, design, architecture, and even communities. It focuses on the importance of the human-nature connection.
Fountain Hills is special, inherently blended with the surrounding Sonoran Desert, situated amongst stunning vistas and mountain ranges, with natural washes and open space woven throughout. Many residents choose to live, play and dine in Fountain Hills largely because of the natural environment around them, and visitors are also attracted for this reason. The success of the town can be tied to the social, economic and environmental benefits that nature provides. The town is considered exurban, outside of the heavily developed urban core of metro Phoenix. This makes Fountain Hills uniquely situated to protect its existing natural areas, bolster Sonoran Desert habitat and increase residents’ connection to nature through thoughtful planning, programs and design.
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER...
Central Arizona is facing rapid growth and development. Existing Sonoran Desert that can be found nowhere else on Earth is being lost, along with residents’ connection to it. Conserving and incorporating natural habitat into urban areas is becoming vitally important, for nature and for people. By losing natural areas, habitat is also lost, along with the plants and animals that depend on it.
WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FOR YOU...
The impact of this loss can be felt by people through the reduction of beneficial services that nature provides, like water purification, stormwater management and climate regulation. People also experience a decrease in mental and physical wellbeing when nature is not close by. Our health and well-being are connected to nature.
MIGHT BIOPHILIC BE A SOLUTION IN FOUNTAIN HILLS?
The Biophilic Fountain Hills project is seeking to pursue these ideas and engage residents in the process of partnership with the Biophilic Cities Network. Joining the network and working toward a more biophilic town could contribute to community wellbeing, a diversified economy and town resilience. It may also solidify the town's commitment to the nature that surrounds it into the future.
Becoming a partner with the network provides the opportunity to coordinate with other cities that are leading efforts toward a greener and healthier future for all people in urban areas. This can include urban trail systems, increasing tree canopy coverage, outdoor recreation opportunities, wildlife crossings, and environmental educational programs. Increasing environmental understanding, promoting habitat conservation and green infrastructure, and working to make nearby nature equitable and accessible for all residents are the heart of the Biophilic Fountain Hills project.
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