Harboring Habits & Habitats for Human Health by Measuring & Matching Complexity in the Rhythms of Our Buildings, Bodies, and Biomes

APA Florida, San Felasco Section


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
noon - 1:15 p.m. EDT

Gainesville, FL, United States

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Conventional conceptions of human health prioritize homeostasis as a desired state of being. Likewise, the present principles of sustainability, green building, and smart cities prioritize efficiency in resource utilization and feedback-driven optimization in system performance. Yet, increasing evidence suggests that human, ecological, and  urban systems are chaotic, unpredictable, and self-organize into complex, nonlinear, pulsing patterns by leveraging interdependencies and adapting to uncertainties. As homeodynamics, systems ecology, and resilience theories become more widely understood in the fields of human physiology and the planning, design, construction, and operations of our built environments, prior preferences in form and function may reveal their fragility and a new paradigm of fractal fitness may emerge. This seminar provides a foundation for these new ways of thinking and speculates on how they may inform future process and practice for healthcare and urban development professionals.


Hal Knowles, III, Ph.D

Invited Speaker

Dr. Knowles interests include resilience, adaptive capacity, and systems ecology across the natural-to-urban transect and organizational leadership, behavior change, and energy efficiency as mitigation strategies for the dual global challenges of climate change and energy transition. His current research branches building to city scales and involves modeling the geospatial resource ... Read More

Contact Info

Adam Hall, ad_hall@cityofalachua.org