Biophilic Design

The Journey of Sustainability

 |  The green building movement and arguably the larger discussion about sustainability have progressed in scope and understanding over the last three decades. Terrapin staff have been at the heart of this journey. In retrospect, this progression can be understood as three distinct levels of sustainability, each with their own focus, and with direct and indirect benefits […] — Read More

DGS New Natural Resources Building

 |  The 21-story office building on P Street in Sacramento was a design-build project for the California Department of General Services (DGS). The building was designed to host about 3,450 employees from eight state agencies. With Glumac Engineering, Terrapin co-facilitated an Integrative Design Opportunities Charrette to build upon design and performance goals established both by the […] — Read More

PDX Airport Terminal Core Redevelopment

 |  The Portland International Airport (PDX) is a joint civil–military airport and the largest airport in the state of Oregon, accounting for 90% of the state’s passenger air travel and more than 95% of its air cargo. The site is bordered by the Columbia River in the north and the Columbia Slough in the south with […] — Read More

ANNOUNCING: 2021 Biophilic Design Workshop Series

 |  Designing with nature could be described as an industry response to health and wellbeing trends. But there is a history and science to this practice known as ‘biophilic design’. Biophilia is the innate connection between humans and nature. Biophilic design is the expression of those experiences of nature for a healthier built environment. Since our […] — Read More

Terrapin’s 2020 Biophilia Readings & Resources

 |  A lot has happened over this past year, both around the world and within the arena of biophilic design. Since publishing our latest book, Nature Inside, and our current effort to craft a second edition of The Economics of Biophilia, we’ve revisited our reading list to reflect on the most recent thinking. Many of these […] — Read More

Another Dimension of Resilience

 |  Disaster resilience has focused primarily on the physical characteristics and resource provisions of a home. How might we incorporate psychological resilience into design? — Read More

Terrapin Welcomes Rita Trombin for Winter Residency

 |  This February, Terrapin welcomes Rita Trombin for a short-term residency, in collaboration with ILFI, to help continue Terrapin’s efforts to provide the design community with practical tools for biophilic design application. The focus of Rita’s residency will be on developing foundational materials for designing with fractals. This idea was born out of the Greenbuild 2019 […] — Read More

Bill to Speak at ANFA 2018

 |  Bill Browning will speak at the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture’s annual conference this year. He will speak about the science of biophilia and biophilic design, new techniques for in-the-field measurement of brain response, and more. — Read More

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