RIBA + VitrA Talk: Building a biophilic future



Leading experts in green architecture, Amanda Sturgeon and Ken Yeang explore biophilic design and our inherent need to connect with nature in our modern built environment in order to improve our health and wellbeing.

This is a recording of a live event that took place on 1 November 2022 at 66 Portland Place, London.

Reconnecting people with our natural world is pivotal, especially with the proof that nature impacts our mental health and the reality that we spend on average 90% of our time indoors. Biophilic design seeks to satisfy our innate need to engage with nature especially within artificial environments, within our cities and modern buildings. It brings individuals more closely to nature, incorporating elements such as natural lighting and ventilation, living walls and green landscapes. These features in effect create a healthier and more productive environment for its users.

Biophilic design in architecture improves both physiological and psychological wellbeing, creating a healthier habitat for people using the space, by constructing an interconnected ecosystem for users.

Speakers
Ken Yeang
Nicknamed the Father of Bioclimatic Design, Ken has a wealth of experience in ecological design and planning. His ‘bioclimatic skyscraper,’ is a type of high rise now used in various cities that performs as a passive low energy building by being designed according to the particular location and the local climate.

Amanda Sturgeon
As an architect and author, Amanda sees her mission as that of connecting people and nature. In May 2022 Sturgeon was named the inaugural CEO of Built by Nature, a network and grant-making fund with a mission to accelerate the timber building transformation in Europe and the UK.

This talk is part of our Well Being : Well Built series, sponsored by VitrA Bathrooms.

This partnership reflects a shared commitment to add social, economic and cultural value to society, and VitrA Bathrooms are proud to be supporting such an inspiring programme.

With innovation at its core, a global reach and a tradition of collaborating with celebrated architects and designers, the VitrA bathroom brand has become a world leader, synonymous with contemporary sophistication since the mid-1900s.

Visit our website to learn more about the RIBA + Vitra Talks series: https://www.architecture.com/campaign/riba-vitra-talks

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