Queens Bridge Road NG2 1NB, Nottingham
University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture, Building and Planning
What is biophilic design, and how can we use it to create more liveable cities? Biophilia, or ‘love of life’, is an important innate human trait; we are hard wired to respond positively to certain organisms, patterns and environments derived from the natural world. Biophilic relationships with nature offer the hope of enchantment, a quickening of the heart, delight, respect, and potentially a deeper sense of our place in the world. In response to the concrete and asphalt of 20th century urbanisation, an alternative approach to creating built environments more attuned to nature is emerging. Biophilic design seeks to ‘foster people’s physical and mental health through providing positive connections to nature in a context of ecological and cultural meaning’. I will share some inspiring examples of design at different scales and from different places, and will explore some of the challenges of transforming biophobic places into biophilic ones.
MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £3 (waged) or £1.50 (unwaged). Full details here