Bill Finnegan came by and took some footage of Arcosanti for his documentary about Biophilic Design. Finnegan has a production company called Tamarack Media.
Biophilic Design is a term coined by the neo-Darwinian ecologist E O Wilson who has sought to demonstrate the links that humans have with their environment and consider design processes that reinforce more conscious living through Biophilic Design.
Biophilic Design is quite similar to Ecological Design concept developed by Sim Van Der Ryn and also the Biomimicry concept developed by Janine Beynus, but with a focus on how buildings call actually promote more thoughtful interactions with nature.
The documentary is a companion to the book published by Wiley and editted by Stephen R. Kellert, Judith Heerwagen and Martin Mador titled Biophilic Design : The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life.
From the GreenArchitect.com blog post about Biophilic Design:
Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life is an incredible new resource from Wiley to advance the art and science of this emerging design practice in architecture. As the book states, “Biophilic design is a new approach to sustainable development that incorporates the positive experience of nature into the design of the built environment.”
Chapter 2: The Nature of Human Nature (Edward O. Wilson)Chapter 3: A Good Place to Settle: Biomimicry, Biophilia, and the Return of Nature’s Inspiration to Architecture (Janine Benyus)
Chapter 12: The Extinction of Natural Experience in the Built Environment (Robert Pyle and David Orr)
Chapter 13: Biophilia and Sensory Aesthetics (Judith Heerwagen and Bert Gregory)
Chapter 17: Towards Biophilic Cities: Strategies for Integrating Nature into Urban Design (Tim Beatley)
Chapter 19: The Greening of the Brain (Pliny Fisk)
Chapter 22: Transforming Building Practices through Biophilic Design (Jenifer Seal Cramer and William Browning)
Chapter 23: Reflections on Implementing Biophilic Design (Robert Fox and Robert Berkebile)
Related Articles and Research:
- AIA Newsletter article about: “Biophilia in Practice: Buildings that Connect People with Nature“