Biophilic Urban Design

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Biophilic Urban Design
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Biophilic Urban Design says
As our cities expand and densify simultaneously, there is a need to design places to connect people to nature. If we are not careful, our commute and daily experience within the city will be nothing more than glass, steel, and concrete. This presentation articulates the need for biophilic interventions in urban places, offers good examples found in Phoenix and NYC, and suggests easy solutions you can take now to help in your city.

Biophilia is humankind’s innate biological connection with nature. It helps explain why crackling fire and crashing waves captivate us; why a garden view can enhance our creativity; why shadows and height instill fascination and fear; and why animal companionship and strolling through a park have restorative, healing effects. Terrapin Bright Green has published two extensive reports on the subject of biophilia, The Economics of Biophilia and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

Speaker: Jonce Walker, former Sustainability Manager of Maricopa County, is an urban planner and sustainability professional with Terrapin Bright Green in New York City. He creates built environment solutions using cues from nature which includes sustainability policy, green building consulting, urban planning, and community building interventions.

• 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ~ Pre-event networking reception
• 6 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. ~ Welcome remarks by dignitary(s) and sponsor(s), and intro keynote Jonce Walker
• 6:10 p.m. to 7 p.m. ~ Keynote Jonce Walker presentation
• 7 p.m. to -7:20 p.m. ~ Q&A with Jonce Walker moderated by Lindsay Kinkade and Aaron Kimberlin
• 7:20 p.m. to 8 p.m. ~ Post-event networking reception
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By: Phoenix Urban Design Week