Biophilia: The Roots of Landscape Design

  • Date

    January 8, 2020

  • Time

    2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

  • Location

    Pinsent Room

  • Building

    Toronto Congress Centre

Congress Registration


The concepts of biophilia, “love of life,” and biophilic design are growing, as they are now part of several major building certification programs intending to promote human health and well-being. We, as a species, evolved as an interconnected part of nature, however due to industrialization and modern technologies, have become increasingly disconnected from our biocentric roots. Incorporating nature and natural systems and processes back into our built environment is the key to shifting how we design our world — to be more resilient and balanced for both people and the planet. This session will explore the implications of biophilia and biophilic design in the landscape lesign industry, utilizing an eco-system or ecomimetic approach to integrating nature and natural systems and processes holistically, symbiotically and synergistically with human-created systems within the built environment.


  • Elizabeth Calabrese

    Elizabeth Freeman Calabrese AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, WELL Faculty

    Calabrese Architects, Inc.

    Burlington, VT

    Elizabeth’s professional and educational focus is promoting human and environmental health and wellbeing by connecting humans to nature and to each other in the built environment.

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