Architects and Designers

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

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

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

Biophilic Design in Hospitality

 |  Terrapin has collaborated with Interface on a series of preliminary studies to bring clarity to biophilic design trends in hospitality, to assess the impact of biophilic design elements, and to formulate an approach for further testing. — Read More

Recap: Terrapin at Greenbuild 2016!

 |  Bill Browning and Chris Garvin had great sessions at Greenbuild 2016 about biophilic design and the sharing economy. Read more about their sessions and the team’s impressions of Greenbuild overall. — Read More

UPDATE! Clif Bar Biophilic Design Review

 |  Using the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design research as a framework, Terrapin analyzed the Clif Bar project and identified interventions to support employee health and wellbeing. Clif Bar is likely the first food manufacturer to deliberately incorporate biophilic design into an industrial bakery. — Read More