Biophilia means ‘love of nature’. Biophilic design is based around the inclusion of nature in the built environment. Since industrialization, much of the urban landscape has been constructed in such a way as to isolate us from nature. Biophilic landscapes have a primary purpose to be people-friendly. Biophilic Design is more than simply using plants everywhere because it engages natural systems and processes.
Learn to create people-friendly landscapes – gardens, parks, streetscapes, cityscapes and more. Learn to evaluate how a landscape impacts upon the physical and mental wellbeing of people who exist in that landscape, and determine how the landscape can be made more biophilic or people-friendly.
This is an important course for not only landscapers but also professionals with a concern for health or the environment, from architects and planners to health service providers, engineers and builders.
This course compliments anyone working with:
- Landscape design or construction
- Horticultural therapy
- Green walls and roofs
- Parks management
- Street tree management
- Health, Construction, and a whole lot more
With ever increasing knowledge of the environment and possible ways of creating more biophilic landscapes, our capacity to achieve better places grows, and our focus on how to achieve them is maturing.
- Discuss the relationship between physiological and psychological health and outdoor environments.
- Determine the important biophilic factors which should be considered when designing or renovating an outdoor space.
- Explain different principles and patterns which have been identified as underpinning biophilic landscape design.
- Describe how different elements of an urban landscape can contribute in a positive way to human wellbeing.
- Describe how a range of landscaping techniques and methodologies can be utilised to benefit human wellbeing by encouraging use of public spaces.
- Evaluate the relationship between the health of individuals and different environments, and how biophilic design can be of benefit to wellbeing.
- Evaluate landscapes and determine actions that can be taken to improve the environmental conditions of people in those places.
- Understand how to assess and analyse existing landscapes.
- Redesign a landscape to meet biophilic requirements for a renovation of an existing landscape
- Create a design to show how an urban (town or city) location may be improved to meet biophilic criteria.
There are 9 lessons in this course:
- Relationship between Outdoor Environments and Human Well being
- Design Considerations
- Patterns and Principles in Urban Design
- Components of the Landscape
- Providing Services to People
- Affecting the Individual
- Affecting Environmental and Climate Conditions
- Assessing and Analyzing Existing Landscapes
- Integrating Biophilic Design into Existing Landscap
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is to be submitted to the school.
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