Film Screening: Biophilic Design

Sustainable Long Island’s Film Screening Series

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Thursday, August 4, 2016 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Hosted by Farrell Fritz, P.C.

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Hauppauge Office – Lower Level Conference Center

100 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

On Thursday, August 4 2016 at the Farrell Fritz, P.C. Hauppauge Office, Sustainable Long Island presented an exclusive screening of Biophilic Design – a one hour documentary detailing the benefits of design that brings people in closer contact with nature. At the event, nearly 60 attendees enjoyed a pre-film reception where students and industry professionals had the opportunity to network with one another.

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Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn.

A Question + Answer session took place after the film led by Ernie Rossano, Senior Partner with Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Joining him were panelists William Kuhl, FASLA, Saratoga Associates, Nancy Copperman, MS, RD, CDN, Northwell Health, and John Fogarty, Director of Capital Planning at Stony Brook University. The panel participated in an engaging discussion focusing on examples of projects and initiatives on Long Island and the region, as well as the short term and long term strategies for implementing biophilic designs in underserved communities.

Some of the points discussed included:

  • Biophilic design creates healthy and productive habitats.
  • Underserved areas can benefit from biophilic design by installing low-cost treatments such as community gardens, native plantings, and pocket parks.
  • Design elements discussed in the movie include direct greenery and water features, and indirect greenery (i.e. patterns, windows, looking out to green space).
  • Biophilic design reconnects people with nature in the modern built environment.
  • Biophilic environments at work have measurable benefits. Specific work environments that were highlighted included hospitals where patients heal faster and schools where children’s test scores are higher.
The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but there is still progress to be made in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world.
The film explores our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Highlighted are buildings that connect people and nature – hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive.

Film Trailer

The Biophilia Hypothesis (Wikipedia)

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AICP members were eligible to earn two Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this event.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Distinguished Professor, FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

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