Off the Shelf: Timothy Beatley

September 21, 2009

Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, "Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times." Island Press.

Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of coastal storms around the globe, and the anticipated rise of sea levels will have enormous impact on fragile and vulnerable coastal regions. In the U.S., more than 50 percent of the population inhabits coastal areas. In "Planning for Coastal Resilience," Tim Beatley argues that, in the face of such threats, all future coastal planning and management must reflect a commitment to the concept of resilience. In this timely book, he writes that coastal resilience must become the primary design and planning principle to guide all future development and all future infrastructure decisions.