Creating Biophilic Buildings out this November

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, (CEO, International Living Future Institute) turns her award-winning eye for sustainable buildings toward biophilic design, an emerging design discipline that creates spaces where people and nature can thrive together as an integrated whole. Her forthcoming book, Creating Biophilic Buildings, takes a case study-style approach to this burgeoning field, using carefully curated examples to illuminate the holistic process of biophilic design and its attendant benefits.

As the founder and driving force behind ILFI’s Biophilic Design Initiative, Ms. Sturgeon brings over 15 years of design work and practical field experience to her writing, infusing her future-forward prose with the data, research, and deep thinking that will help distinguish this book as a foundational work in this nascent field. Amanda is an award winning architect who was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, became a LEED Fellow from the USGBC, and was named one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability.

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What is “Biophilic Design”? | Biophilic Design is the practice of creating spaces that mutually benefit both nature and humans. At its core, it is the reconciliation of people and nature in the built environment; observing how nature has survived for thousands of years and implementing the elements and attributes which have aided in nature’s survival despite the continuously changing environment. Just as nature is rooted in its land, Biophilic Design emphasizes the relationship to the land through enhancing geographic features, embodying the historical background, advocating for ecological restorations, and expressing the cultural connections to place.


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