Metropolis Think Tank
Dirtworks enjoyed a fascinating discussion among an interdisciplinary panel of “Thought Leaders” hosted by Metropolis Think Tank, in conjunction with CookFox Architects. The discussion covered the strengths and weaknesses of current design thinking and building within areas of education, the workplace, with specific regards to wellness. The Metropolis Think Tank program, lead by Susan Szenasy, offered a thought provoking discussion asking us to reconcile the disconnect of dense urban places and our experience to nature. Many systemic chronic illness, such as asthma and obesity, are found in children in lower income areas. We spend often over 10 hours a day connected to desks soaked in chemicals with little access to fresh air or natural light. Spending over 90% of our time indoors, we need to create solutions that address these issues, as these issues are deeply rooted in our sense of place.
With evidence based architecture, and design, we are better able to evaluate our responses to nature with respect to this sense of place. Empowered with new data, this information can translate into policy, or influence large industry leaders like Google who are driving the marketplace. The discussion focused on how biophilic design can inspire the built environment. Our innate biologic connection to living things asks us to create spaces that are restorative, healthy and integrated with the functionality of the space, or urban ecosystem. Dirtworks thanks Metropolis and CookFox for a lively and interesting talk!