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The Biophilic Workplace – What’s Old is New Again

October 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


What’s old is new again. As we become an increasingly urban population, living in zero-culture ecosystems, it has become necessary to re-discover nature in ways that were intuitive just a few generations ago. Daylight – yes please! Multi-directional views to the outside – yep! Visual diversity, texture, color, prospect, and refuge – of course! The biophilic workplace has become emblematic of this re-discovery effort by both designers and corporations – perhaps as a way to improve both occupant experience and productivity while also providing a counterpoint to how far afield we’ve wandered in the name of progress in shaping the places we work and live.
Join us for a lively discussion with practitioners on the leading edge of biophilic design. How can biophilic principles support a healthier, more resilient urban environment? What does a biophilic workplace look like? Does it really provide tangible benefits to productivity and the bottom line? What bioinspired innovative strategies and products are being developed? Come find out.
Moderator: Catie Ryan, LEED AP BD+C, Sr. Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Panelists: Narada Golden, Principal, YRG; Helena van Vliet, AIA, Principal at Helena van Vliet Architect LLC; Jonce Walker LEED AP, CSBA, Sr. Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green


Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) & Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development


Pratt School Architecture
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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