Frick Environmental Center
Frick Environmental Center

Hill House Association & Phipps Conservatory
March 8 & 9
4:30 p.m. & 8:30 a.m.

The Green Building Alliance’s (GBA) March event series is coming at the perfect time as we all spring forward to welcome more daylight hours and the growing season.

Two public events hosted by South Side-based nonprofit — which works to advance healthy, high performing and green places in 26 Western Pennsylvania counties — will explore the topic of biophilia. The American biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson — “the father of biodiversity” — introduced the concept in his 1984 book, “Biophilia.”

The first events to examine this fascinating topic — which centers around the idea that humans have an innate connection to nature — will explore how biophilic design can benefit the physical and psychological health of citizens and communities.

On March 8 don’t miss the Inspire Speakers Series talk, “Biophilia — Inspiring Beauty, Love, Connection and Health Through Our Places,” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Hill House Association.

Learn how designers in Pittsburgh and across the U.S. are incorporating elements of the natural world into built environments — from green walls and stormwater gardens, to circadian lights and places of tranquility. Featured speakers are Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, and Pittsburgh architect Patricia Culley. Register here.

On March 9, delve into the philosophies behind biophilic design at the daylong Biophilic Design Summit at Phipps. The immersive learning workshop will feature eight guest speakers, thought-provoking talks, mindfulness exercises, networking and engaging discussions.

Attendees will see examples of buildings that fuse ecology, culture and climate, and will learn about how biophilic design can improve health by connecting people to nature within built environments — which is especially vital during an era when humans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. View a summit schedule and register.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...