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Biophilic Design: A Truly Sustainable Solution - Part 1

GBCI: 0920011667

The term “biophilia” is gaining a lot of attention since it’s been part of the WELL Building Standard following the footsteps of the Living Building Challenge. So, what is it? The innate tendency in human beings to focus on life and lifelike processes is biophilia. Join us as we define biophillia, understand what biophilic design is and analyze biophilic design principles in this introductory course.
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Published on: January 05, 2017

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Edward O. Wilson defines biophilia as "the urge to affiliate with other forms of life." How is biophilia different from biomimicry? While biomimicry focuses on emulating nature to discover sustainable solutions to design problems, biophilia focuses on improving human health and wellbeing through the incorporation of nature and natural forms and processes into the built environment. Join us as GBRI Senior Research Associate Lilli Fischer explores this topic in-depth.

This course is part of GBRI's Biophilia series where we look at the applications on biophilic design in the built environment. For your convenience, we have broken down this course into 2 parts each 30-35 minutes long. Watch Biophilic Design: A Truly Sustainable Solution - Part 2 here .

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  1. Discover the origin of human’s innate connection with nature
  2. Define Biophillia and understand what Biophilic design is
  3. Distinguish between Biophilia and Biomimicry
  4. Understand and analyze Biophilic Design Principles
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States


Lilli Fisher

Senior Research Associate Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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