ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities Conference (4-5 September 2018)

The University of Greenwich Green Roofs and Living Walls Centre and the Department of Architecture & Landscape are proud to announce their ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities London Conference on 4-5 September 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Tim Beatley, University of Virgina – is an internationally recognised biophilic city researcher and author and founder of Biophilic Cities Network Project.

Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design – is an industry recognised expert in the field of biophilic architectural and interior design.

The aim of this conference is to bring together academics, built environment professionals (architects, planners, landscape architects, environmental specialists etc.), educational and health professionals in order to share the latest research and best practice in biophilic design and to kick-start the pace of change towards holistically providing healthy places and spaces that improve the quality of life for people in our cities.

The event will consist of keynote addresses by eminent experts and peer reviewed papers on the principles and practice of biophilic design. Workshops will be used to develop a ‘Biophilic City Manifesto‘ which will facilitate the widespread adoption of the principles of biophilic design. The workshops will cover the following themes:

  • Planning the biophilic city
  • Designing restorative landscapes
  • Well buildings
  • The biophilic workplace
  • Designing healing spaces
  • Biophilic learning spaces

Participate and activate your part in this process. Become part of the drive to turn the commonplace into the exceptional place.


81% of the UK’s population currently live in urban areas*, estranged from nature, an essential element for good health. Biophilic design aims to reconnect humankind with nature, sustaining a physical relationship in order to improve overall environmental conditions (e.g. purifying water, detoxifying air pollution, increasing biodiversity etc.) as well as improving well-being, mental and physical health and improving productivity in offices, schools, hospitals and in the home.

Natural elements such as street trees and planting have been a feature of cities for hundreds of years. Today the ecosystem services that city vegetation delivers, through avenues, parks and gardens, urban forests, green roofs and living walls, are well known and largely celebrated. The necessity for clean air, natural light, sunlight, natural materials and plants are also a prerequisite for health and wellbeing outside our buildings as well as inside. By increasing nature and natural elements indoors, sick building syndrome will become a thing of the past.

Help make September the 5th Biophilic Cities Day, a day to celebrate how we incorporate nature into our urban environment.

* Data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division

Purchase your ticket now through Eventbrite and visit the conference website for full details: 

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Dr Tim Beatley is currently ‘Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities’ in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University Of Virginia. He is an internationally recognised biophilic city researcher, founder of the Biophilic Cities Network Project and author of several books on environmental sustainability, ‘Green Urbanism’ and biophilic city design.  His most recent publication ‘Handbook of Biophilic City Planning & Design’ is acclaimed internationally by both academics and industry leader.
Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in the field of biophilic architectural and interior design and . He is currently involved in ‘The BRE Biophilic Office Project’ to implement biophilic design strategies to provide tangible human well-being benefits. The project will provide both qualitative and quantitative data to understand and benefit from an improved connection to nature in the workplace. As a qualified Domestic Energy and Green Deal assessor he frequently acts as a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

Other speakers will be added to the website once confirmed.

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