The word biophilia, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary means, “a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature,” and Pittsburgh is now categorized as a “biophilic city.”
Tim Beatley, the founder of Biophilic Cities and a professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, has added Pittsburgh to the list on Friday at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Professor Beatley told the Post Gazette, “…I walked along the Monongahela and across the Hot Iron [Metal] Bridge in the morning, there were all these people out walking, riding bikes on the river, and there are so many trees. I would say this is a Biophilic City…Nature is absolutely essential to a healthy life, not something you can get on vacation. It has to be integrated into daily life.”
The Biophilic Cities program believes that nature benefits citizen’s overall health and so does Mayor Bill Peduto.
According to the Post-Gazette, Mayor Peduto is committed to eliminating the use of pesticides and to build bigger water pipes and restore streams to Pittsburgh’s valleys in the future.
Other Biophilic Cities include are Washington, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Singapore, and Wellington, New Zealand.