Learn to evaluate a how a landscape impacts upon the physical and mental wellbeing of people who exist in that landscape; and determine how the landscape can be made more biophilic or people friendly.
This is an important course for not only landscapers, but also professionals with a concern for health or the environment, from architects and planners to health service providers, engineers and builders.
This course compliments anyone working with:
- Landscape design or construction
- Horticultural therapy
- Green walls and roofs
- Parks management
- Street tree management
- Environmental management
- Health, Construction, and a whole lot more
Biophilic design incorporates our need to be with nature by using natural elements and systems in the design of the built environment. The underlying principle is that the inclusion of nature in both man made landscapes and buildings has a significant impact on our health and well being. Biophilic design is more than simply using plants everywhere because it engages natural systems and processes.
With ever increasing knowledge of the environment and possible ways of creating more biophilic landscapes, our capacity to achieve better places grows, and our focus on how to achieve them is maturing.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
- Relationship between Outdoor Environments and Human Wellbeing
- Design Considerations
- Patterns and Principles in Urban Design
- Components of the Landscape
- Providing Services to People
- Affecting the Individual
- Affecting Environmental and Climate Conditions
- Assessing and Analyzing Existing Landscapes
- Integrating Biophilic Design into Existing Landscape
- Working in/ Improving Urban Development
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.