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Summer 2018 Reading List

 |  Looking for a summer book recommendation? This year our Summer Reading list features titles ranging from authors we know well to ones we’re meeting for the first time. — Read More

Biophilia in an Abiotic Environment

 |  While humans have reached nearly every corner of the surface of this planet, there are still inhospitable places where, without the slow process of evolutionary adaptation, we explore only as visitors aided by advances in technology.  The ice-locked continent of Antarctica is one such place.  — Read More

Natural Ventilation: Learning from the Past

 |  Bill discusses his own experience with natural ventilation systems, and Professor Alan Short’s timely new book, The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture. This work is very encouraging as it will not only lower energy costs and improve ventilation, it also offers a new level of resilience when conventional systems fail. — Read More

Creating a Healthier World

 |  Terrapin works across a broad spectrum of areas—environmental strategy, biophilic design, ecological design, and bioinspired innovation—but all of our efforts aim to create a healthier world. Supporting human health has implications at all scales of the built environment and unites our work across these diverse fields. — Read More

Biophilic Design Precedents: Three Perspectives on Evidence & Ideation

 |  In an effort to expedite the broad adoption of biophilic design, I’ve been exploring ways to build evidence and communicate success of industry-relevant biophilic design precedents. These are early thoughts on how we might go about filling knowledge gaps, proving the intuitively obvious, and establishing emotional connections to the built environment. — Read More

Review of Designing Regenerative Cultures

 |  If I’m lucky, during the winter I have enough time and mental space to read one real book before other commitments distract me. This year, I dove into Daniel Wahl’s Designing Regenerative Cultures. In our current age of rapid evolution, Daniel offers a framework to co-create a plan to move beyond our destructive world order […] — Read More