I remember as an architect interviewing for jobs fresh out of grad school, I was asked about my influences. Who were the designers I most admired? My answer always started with the same: Frank Lloyd Wright. This wasn’t the most contemporary answer, and I know I was dinged in an interview because of it, but for me it continues to be the truth. I’ve always felt that the best design is that which is intrinsically connected to the place in which it exists, which fosters connection between humans and nature, and which is built at human scale with the health and comfort of the occupants foremost in mind.
I now have many new mentors, of course: Bob Berkebile, Michael Pawlyn, and Jeanne Gang to name just a few. And of course, nature herself is my ultimate mentor. The designers I most admire use designed space – interior, exterior, and the permeable membranes that separate them – to foster connections between humans with the rest of nature. By learning from nature through biomimicry and biophilic design, designers can create healthy, attractive spaces that are grounded in the “stories of our place,” creating benefits for both humans and the ecosystems we inhabit. But what is biophilia and how can YOU integrate biophilic design into your current and aspirational projects?
Join us for an interactive, in-person workshop grounded in the Prairie Lab. LLC, university-style model where you learn about a topic and quickly begin to apply it to your own context. You will learn about biophilic design and the patterns and elements you can use to foster a deep connection to place, and you will learn how biophilic design seamlessly integrates into the Living Building Challenge. We also draw on local expertise to showcase case studies of biophilia applied in our local region as well as nationally. And you will experience activities that help you to recognize biophilic design as well as begin to apply it to a common context. Sign up for the additional assignment and be mentored through applying it to your own context!
April 5th, 2016. 4pm – 6pm in the Chicago loop.
2 LUs for $69, 4 LUs for $99 if you sign up before March 22nd!
Instructor Amy Coffman Phillips is a Partner at Prairie Lab, LLC, architect, and Certified Biomimicry Professional. She continually advocates for strategies that integrate natural forms, processes, and systems into the built environment to create more healthy, sustainable, and resilient environments that contribute to the ecosystems they inhabit. She was the curriculum developer and facilitator of the “Chicago Biomimicry Immersion” held at the Morton Arboretum.