Buildings as Habitat: Biophilic Design Toward Biophilic Urbanism

Biophilic design offers a paradigm shift toward the creation of innately restorative human habitat. As cities embrace the integration of nature, this principle is giving rise to biophilic urbanism.

Description: 

Biophilic design offers a paradigm shift toward the creation of innately restorative human habitat. As cities embrace the integration of nature, this principle is giving rise to biophilic urbanism. 

This course explores the evolutionary origins of innate human spatial preferences and their relevance for designers tasked with today’s environmental, health, and social challenges. Energize your practice through discussion of current research and evidence-based design that form the building blocks of biophilic design and urbanism. 

In light of forecast climate conditions at 20-100 year horizons, you will consider the application of biophilic design to support resilience through mitigation of urban stressors such as heat, drought, increased precipitation, and shortage of "refuge spaces" in urban centers. 

Learning objectives

  • Identify innate human spatial preferences and their evolutionary survival origins by studying an overview of current science supporting these preferences.
  • Discover the biophilic design ingredients necessary for the design of physiologically restorative "well-being places," which measurably sustain us.
  • Study examples of biophilic urbanist interventions as essential design and public health initiatives, and learn how they restore urban ecologies and mitigate heat stress, drought, and stormwater events in urban centers.
  • Examine the quantifiable economic and public health benefits of biophilic design and biophilic urbanism.
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$40 non-member
$25 member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA

Instructors

  • Helena van Vliet

    AIA

    Principal Architect / Educator / Planner

    Helena van Vliet, AIA is a Biophilic Architect, Researcher, and Speaker on Health and the Built...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz