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Biophilia: Pittsburgh May Meeting

On May 1, join Richard V. Piacentini, Sonja Bochart, and Nicole Capozzi as they introduce the new BETA (Biophilia Enhanced Through Art) Project in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Creating connections to nature is important. In the built environment, this is often accomplished through the use of typical biophilic design strategies, such as providing views of nature, as well as natural ventilation and light, and by using natural materials. These strategies have been shown to bolster human performance and foster an appreciation for the earth. However, in order to truly reap its rewards we must go beyond a typical approach and enter a deeper realm of exploration to create truly transformative experiences; only then can we begin to immerse ourselves and others in, and restore our innate bonds to, nature. The BETA Project at Phipps was designed to address these issues by using art to awaken the true Spirit of our building and to create spaces that both remind us of the incredible beauty of nature, and demonstrate and celebrate the interconnectedness of all human and natural processes.

After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session and tour of the art in both the public and private areas of the building.

Richard V. Piacentini is the executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Sonja Bochart is an interior designer and principal at SmithGroupJJR

Nicole Capozzi is the owner of BoxHeart and a consultant for Mox Box

Directions and Parking:

The meeting will be held at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal business hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.

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  • Martha S.

    The concept of the BETA project I found quite inspiring. With all of the engineering, materials, design and technical requirements that go into sustainable buildings it is so gratifying to meet people who understand the role the Arts play in bringing to the space what inspires and connects us to our natural world. And I especially support getting children involved, their art work offered fresh perspectives. I hope to here more.

    May 2, 2014

  • Gay K.

    Interesting topic.

    May 1, 2014

  • Richard P.

    Does anyone else in this group live near Leetsdale? Since I can not drive, my participation is contingent upon access to reliable transportation. By the time the meetup is over, buses back to Leetsdale are few and far between. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I'll reimburse for gas.

    April 11, 2014

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