Faster Cheaper Greener Webcast 2 November 5th 2015

 

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This second of three webcasts continues the exploration of new water centric strategies, designs, technologies and applications inspired by nature to create solutions for a prosperous planet. Biophilic design, or design that aims to reconnect people with nature, has been proven to reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing. Something as simple as integrating views to the nature in an office space can save around $2,000 per employee per year in productivity costs. Biophilic design also raises occupants' awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and helps people understand the importance of conserving natural resources like water. As we increasingly urbanize, this new area of design will help support the development of a regenerative and resilient society. Biophilic design and its impacts are highlighted in Terrapin Bright Green’s recently published report 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment.

Biophilic Design for Human Health

This session will feature the basic science of biophilia: how humans biologically respond to patterns and characteristics of nature. The presentation will describe the financial benefits communities can gain by implementing biophilic features and how these features can support public health and community cohesion. Case studies for urban parks and infrastructure and a brief introduction to 14 patterns of biophilic design will be shared to provide a language for communicating these opportunities among your community’s decision makers (designers, landscape architects, environmental engineers, and urban planners). This webcast is targeted at professionals interested in science-based design, green codes, and integrative approaches for green infrastructure that address public health issues through urban design and planning.

There will be 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast – the certificate will be sent via email after the event. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Questions about PDHs should be sent to webcasts@wef.org

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