Biophilic Design Virtual Symposium, March, 1pm-5pm EDT

  • 25 March 2021
  • Start time : 01:00 PM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Green Infrastructure Foundation
Advancing Green Building Programs in New Castle County
Event Description

Biophilic design is more than just indoor greenery and proximity to plants. There are 14 different patterns of biophilic design that include everything from light and sound to how items are arranged in a space. The built environment has the potential to be a truly invigorating and full sensory experience that enhances our health and connects us to the natural world. Currently, low-lit or harshly lit offices with limited natural light can lead to fatigue, headaches and mental health challenges. Our buildings should not make us sick or deprive us of innate needs. 

On March 25, 2021, explore successful and creative applications of biophilic design and learn how to convey the benefits to clients. Biophilic design will become increasingly important and popular as people return to life post COVID19 and as more top companies start to incorporate it into their offices and stores (Ex. Salesforce Tower). Millennials and Gen Z’s are far more likely to choose an employer, restaurant, store etc. based on the sustainability goals and aesthetic than previous generations. Biophilic design is the future of the built environment, are your skills ready?

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Green Infrastructure Foundation
  • Agenda
    • Time Speaker Topic:

      1:00pm: Jiwan Dhaliwal, Event & Business Development Manager, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Introductory Remarks

      1:10pm: Catie Ryan, Director of Projects, Terrapin Bright Green, Biophilic Design and Designing for the Healthy Building

      This session will provide an overview of biophilic design patterns and principles and underlying themes in science. Successful design applications will be presented highlighting associated biophilic design patterns and health implications. Both indoor and outdoor examples and an array of building types will be shared, as well as tools and terminology for direct application. Nature Inside, a Biophilic Design Guide, published by RIBA (2020) will be a primary source of inspiration.

      1:30 Sonja Bochart, Regenerative Design, Sustainability and Biophilia Consulting | Sonja Bochart Wellbeing+Design
      Transforming the Workplace through a Regenerative-Biophilic Design Process

      Spaces that foster human-nature connection in workplace design is essential to support employee health, creativity, productivity, and happiness. To ensure these spaces reach their potential, we must move beyond a prescriptive approach to pattern integration and consider an integrative, regenerative development approach to biophilic design. The presenter will describe an experiential and integrative design co-creative process through the example of a recent case study. By considering the elements of essence, place-sourced design, potential, and wholes in integrating biophilic design, we can create transformative spaces to support greater vitality and cultivate social and ecological health.

      1:50 Andrea Righi, Project Planner and Associate Principal, EYP Biophilic Design for Vulnerable Populations

      Overwhelming evidence indicates that incorporating aspects of the natural world into our architecture has the ability to contribute to human health. This session will examine how biophilic design can positively impact Wellness Centers and Behavioral Health Facilities to help create functional and healing spaces.

      2:10pm: Q&A

      2:30pm: Break

      2:50pm: Anjelica S. Gallegos, Graduate Student, Yale School of Architecture Indigenous Sustainability in the Built

      Viewing humans as part of an interdependent system which includes nature, animate and inanimate entities is a foundational belief and principle among Indigenous societies. How is this belief reflected in the articulation of Indigenous space and architecture? How is this related to sustainability and biomimicry today? Indigenous principles in design will be discussed and shown through case studies and proposed designs. This presentation reveals the historical connections with sustainability and the regenerative potential of application in the future.

      3:20pm: Richard Piacentini, President and CEO, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens The implementation of
      Biophilic Design elements offers a wide array of benefits, including educational opportunities. Learning
      opportunities for the public are one of many public benefits of Biophilic Design.

      3:40pm: Marcel Wilson, Founding Principal/Design Director, Bionic Landscape The future of biophilic design. Biophilic
      design has evolved over time and is now responsible for some of the most cutting edge interior design in the

      4:00pm: Timothy Beatley, Founder & Executive Director, Biophilic Cities Biophilic Cities: Design of Cities That Love

      The presentation will provide a detailed overview of the vision and emerging practice of Biophilic Cities. Beatley will describe the history of this global movement and current work to grow the increasingly influential global Biophilic Cities Network. He will describe and profile a number of partner cities in the Network and the innovative programs, policies, and projects they are implementing to integrate nature and to strengthen connections to the natural world.

      4:20pm: Q&A
  • Cost
    • Admission: $50 USD
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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