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Biophilic Design: Science, Theory, Economics & Practice

Explaining the Human Connection to Nature Within the Built Environment.

Biophilia is a hypothesis that suggests humans posses an deep, biologically-rooted tendency to seek connections with nature, and other forms of life. Popularized by E.O Wilson, the term biophilia means 'love of life, or living systems.'

Biophilic Design: Science, Theory, Economics & Practice is an hour-long course that explains the human connection to nature within the built environment. Developed by Terrapin Bright Green, and delivered by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, this course explores the scientific foundations of biophilic design theory and presents current research on the subject. Using case studies of best practice in planning and urban design, this course covers the main tenets of biophilia, as well as the 14 patterns of biophilic design as a tool. This course is intended to help design and planning professionals understand the impact of biophilic design on human health and productivity, as well demonstrate as how these elements can be incorporated into built environments.


Biophilic Design, Science, Theory, Economics & Practice Includes:

  • Access to the Biophilic Design course (1 hour)
  • A certificate of course completion, upon request

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the scientific foundation of biophilic design, as well as research supporting the theory
  • Understand the 14 patterns of biophilic design, and how they impact the build environment
  • Review a variety of natural materials appropriate for biophilic design
  • Explore case studies of best practice in biophilic design projects

Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for 1 Continuing Education Credit for GRPs, and 1 PDH by LA CES


"Everything about this course was invigorating and hearkened me back to my college days and why I chose to be a Landscape Architect"

- John Theodore Quattrocchi, Landscape Architect

"This is a great course. I loved the narrative, the experience and broad knowledge of the presenter and the unique examples presented. I might consider to take it again in the near future."

- Cynthia Villalba, Rooflite

Your Instructor


Bill Browning
Bill Browning

Bill Browning, BED Colorado University, MSRED MIT, Hon. AIA, LEED AP., is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. Early in his career, Bill built Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green LLC an environmental strategies research and consulting firm. Browning’s clients include Disney, New Songdo City, Lucasfilm, Google, Bank of America, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. Browning is a founding board member of USGBC. In addition to consulting, Bill writes and lectures widely on sustainable design and building practices. He is a co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate; A Primer on Sustainable Building; Greening the Building and the Bottom Line; Biophilic Design; The Economics of Biophilia; Midcentury (un)Modern; and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.


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