URBIS Dialogue 10: Biophilic Design: Incorporating nature in design
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10 MARCH 2016 2:00 PM CEST
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This webinar is the 10th in a 15-part series and will be lead by David Maddox and Fleur Timmer
Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism, Native to Nowhere, Ethical Land Use, and his most recent book, Biophilic Cities. He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Michael Pawlyn has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry and established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus exclusively on this emerging discipline. In 2008 the company was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge. He jointly initiated the Sahara Forest Project and is a Founding Partner of Sahara Forest Project AS – a company established to deliver concrete initiatives for restorative growth. Prior to setting up Exploration Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions. He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable innovation and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. His TED talk has since had over a million viewings. In the same year, his book Biomimicry in Architecture was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Exploration is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects and a book commissioned by TED.
Mike Wells an ecological consultant ecologist and ecourbanist with a global outlook and portfolio. Co-founder of Biodiversity by Design, he is also Research Fellow in Green Infrastructure design at the University of Bath school of Architecture and Civil Engineering, UK. Key interests now lie in finding new opportunities for biodiversity enhancement, and for the promotion of sustainable ecosystem goods and services. Mike is an expert in wetland creation, restoration and management, and is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and a registered consultant with the UK River Restoration Centre. He has contributed to the ecological design of river and other wetland restorations in urban and rural areas in the UK, mainland Europe and SE Asia. He was lead author of Estuary Edges, the UK Environment Agency’s Guide to the ecological design of tidal rivers and ecological design advisor in the development of Water Sensitive Urban Design Guidance for Singapore.