Next Meeting May 1, 2014
Join Pittsburgh’s new network of creative minds working together to strengthen the bond between people and the natural world.
Next Meeting: May 1, 2014
Speakers: Richard V. Piacentini, Sonja Bochart and Nicole Capozzi
The May 1 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Richard V. Piacentini, Sonja Bochart, and Nicole Capozzi, who will introduce the new BETA (Biophilia Enhanced Through Art) Project in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes.
Creating connections to nature is important. In the built environment, this is often accomplished through the use of typical biophilic design strategies, such as providing views of nature, as well as natural ventilation and light, and by using natural materials. These strategies have been shown to bolster human performance and foster an appreciation for the earth. However, in order to truly reap the rewards of biophilic design we must go beyond a typical approach and enter a deeper realm of exploration to create truly transformative experiences; only then can we begin to immerse ourselves and others in, and restore our innate bonds to, nature. The BETA Project at Phipps was designed to address these issues by using art to awaken the true Spirit of our building and to create spaces that both remind us of the incredible beauty of nature, and demonstrate and celebrate the interconnectedness of all human and natural processes.
Richard V. Piacentini is the executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Sonja Bochart is an interior designer and principal at SmithGroupJJR. Nicole Capozzi is the owner of BoxHeart and a consultant for Mox Box.
After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session and tour of the art in both the public and private areas of the building.
Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact email@example.com or sign up at the group’s Meetup page.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. The group will meet monthly at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plate food and a happy-hour cash bar, a discipline or behavior will be identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities.
Directions and Parking
This meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.
• To welcome and inspire others with the concept and principles of biophilia
• To foster collaboration and learning between professionals from a wide variety of disciplines
• To communicate biophilic principles in action-oriented ways to a wider audience for exponential and regional impact
What Is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” which literally means “love of life,” was coined by social psychologist Erich Fromm and popularized by biologist E.O. Wilson, who defined it as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”
The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.
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