Floriade Dialogue #24 Biophilic Design

Designing connectivity to the natural environment

Theme: SDG3/SDG11: Good Health and Well-being and Sustainable Cities and Communities


Scaling biophilic design

In this edition, Hakim El Amrani of Studio Nousnous moderated and addressed the topic of biophilic design on a more smaller scale and he spoke on how this small scale projects can add up to transition to a bigger scale (green cities). Hakim gave two in-depth lectures on Biophilic Design & Biophilic Cities on the 30th of August and 20th of September. He spoke on this topics and introduced different partners he collaborated with in his green biophilic spatial projects.

Changing personal spatial circles

We live our lives in a hurry! Offices are less inspiring what results in a high percentage of absenteeism. Homes are full of materials that are toxic and form a distance between us and nature. Fewer spaces in our life feel whole. However, the transition to healthy green cities is moving, although too slow. We need people that embrace cities that flourish and tackle the problems of climate change; urban heat island effects, CO2 problems, reduction of health and wellbeing. But how? What can we do? It all starts within the influence you have within your own spatial circle: your room, your house and home environment, your office and your urban area and street. It all starts small and it slowly builds up and resonates to neighbourhoods and eventually cities. During this Dialogue was also discussed how biophilic design (the methodology based on biophilia) can be the answer for our health- problems.

Methodologies, interventions and scales

This Floriade Dialogue Webinar discussed the status and last innovations in small, medium too big scale biophilic ideas and projects. It will foresee the impact of these biophilic design projects on its users and handle different methodologies on ‘touch-points’ that manifests itself as an eco-glue to connect small interventions and designs to bigger green and blue biophilic cities and evidence based design: our innate love for nature and its systems. The session was moderated by Hakim El Amrani of biophilic spatial design studio: Studio NousNous.


10.00 – 10.15 – Introduction on Biophilic Design

Speaker and moderator: Hakim El Amrani of biophilic spatial design studio: Studio NousNous, The Netherlands

10.15 – 10.30 – Interior advice and products

Speakers: Jhon Campo & Roberto Kaptein – Interior advice and products, CAMPO advise, The Netherlands

10.30 – 10.45 – The core of Biophilic Design

Speaker Hakim El Amrani of biophilic spatial design studio: Studio NousNous

10.45 – 11.00 –  A review of cities and their resources

Speakers: Niek Franken & Jasper Smit – Rotterdamskrom, The Netherlands

11.00 – 11.10 –  Facts of Biophilic Design

Speaker Hakim El Amrani of biophilic spatial design studio: Studio NousNous

11.10 – 11.25 – Panel and Participative Dialogue

11.25 – 11.30 – Wrap up and closing by moderator

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