Mobile Tour: Biophilic Design in Action
Thursday, October 5, 2017
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT
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This tour highlights three DC projects that embody biophilic design, an emerging discipline/approach within the fields of architecture and urban design. Biophilic design taps into "biophilia," the innate human affinity with nature, to create more resilient urban spaces and healthier buildings. The tour will begin with an introduction to biophilic design and continue with tours of exterior and interior spaces of these innovative projects.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has recently completed an office renovation that includes biophilic elements such as plants, lighting, natural wood, fibers, materials and patterns that are used throughout the interior and exterior to nurture an innate connection to nature. ASLA’s green roof not only reduces heating and cooling needs and storm water run-off, but also provides human social benefits such as a safe, restorative urban oasis and educational community space.
Law firm Nixon Peabody designed their space to embody their values on sustainability and social responsibility – including promoting human health and well-being. Their biophilic strategies include liberal use of wood in a natural state, a large living wall, distant views, abundant natural light, and quiet space when needed.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum headquarters features wood walls from salvaged Sweet Gum wood, views of the outdoors for 98% of occupants, furniture made from local trees, a running water feature that cleans and dehumidifies air, and an abundance of plants and other natural materials. These biophilic elements aim to connect USGBC’s staff to nature in their workspace.
Katie Spencer, KSpencer@aiadc.com