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

Terrapin at Living Future unConference 2017

 |  It’s that time of year again! The Living Future unConference by the International Living Future Institute is just around the corner. The progressive green building and sustainability conference will run from May 17th to May 19th in Seattle, Oregon. In line with this year’s theme of Genius + Courage, the lineup includes heavy-hitting keynote speakers […] — 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

14 Patterns Goes Multilingual

 |  With the collaboration of ARP-Astrance and Gondwana, the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design is now also 14 Modèles de Conception Biophilique! — 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

Gowanus, Green Infrastructure, and Public Health

 |  This post explores the public health benefits of green infrastructure and uses the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY as an example of how this type of infrastructure can be implemented to benefit communities. During a site visit to Gowanus, three sites were identified to examine the opportunities to develop green infrastructure where people live, work, and play. — Read More