Next Meeting Aug. 7, 2014
6 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Join Pittsburgh’s new network of creative minds working together to strengthen the bond between people and the natural world.
Biophilia: Pittsburgh August Meeting
The Aug. 7 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Marijke Hecht, director of education at Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, who will introduce the discussion topic, “Water in Pittsburgh’s City Parks.”
Water is the foundation for all life on Earth. It supports our physical function as humans, but also feeds our spirits; we are drawn to water for its healing properties, power and vastness. We experience awe when we gaze on a wide sea, listen to the sound of a running stream, or feel the calming warmth of a bath. Guest speaker Marijke Hecht, director of education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, will discuss how parks are being used as classrooms for children to investigate and connect with water. She will also share examples of park spaces designed to give urban residents the opportunity to benefit from water.
Meetings are free to attend; advance RSVP is required. To RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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-plates and light refreshments, 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.
Other Featured Exhibits & Events
- Summer Flower Show
- May 10 – Oct. 5, 2014
- Romero the Corpse Flower
Turns Over a New Leaf
- Butterfly Forest
- April 26 – Sept. 1, 2014
- Farmers at Phipps
- Wednesdays, June – October 2014
2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Party in the Tropics
- Select Fridays
Next Party Aug. 1, 2014
7 – 11 p.m.
- Jack Buncher Foundation
Free Admission Day
- Aug. 4, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Members-Only Bring a Friend Day
- Aug. 11, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Red, Ripe and Roasted: Tomato and Garlic Festival
- Aug. 24, 2014
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Fall Round Up
- Sept. 5, 6 and 7, 2014
Friday, 1 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phipps Garden Center
- Garden to Plate Dinner
- Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
6:30 – 9 p.m.
- Garden Railroad
- Now Open
- Tropical Forest India
- Now Open