Designing and Building a Biophilic World

We all know it’s absolutely critical that we replace our polluting and inefficient infrastructure with truly sustainable alternatives, but while renewable, non-toxic energy sources and materials are critically important to reduce our destructive impacts on the biosphere, we need to be more ambitious. To usher in a genuinely Earth- and life-honoring civilization we need to create a built environment that reconnects human beings to the natural world—one in which buildings, cities and vibrant communities are brimming with plant and animal life; one where hospitals nurture psycho-spiritual as well as physical healing and children love being in their schools. Three of the nation’s leading figures in biophilic design and architecture share their ideas on how to start making this vision a reality. With: Al Tozer, Education and Living Building Challenge Director at the International Living Future Institute; Erin English, Senior Engineer at Biohabitats; Sonja Bochart, IIDA, highly experienced wellness focused designer, a principal with Shepley Bulfinch.

Manzanita Room

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm



Erin English
Practice Leader and Ecological Engineer
Biohabitats Inc.
Sonja Bochart
Shepley Bulfinch
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