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March 2, 2015

Biophilia: Pittsburgh, March 5 – “Powering Places: The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy”

by Melissa Harding

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Biophilia: Pittsburgh

Thursday, March 5, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Free to attend – RSVP required.

The March 5 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), who will introduce the discussion topic, “Powering Places: The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy.”

Robert and Elizabeth will discuss how the LAGI project is a part of a global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. The presentation will show how interdisciplinary collaboration is playing an important role in defining the design influence of renewable energy on our constructed environments and point out the reciprocal role of society in defining the aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure itself. Several submissions from past LAGI design competitions held for sites in Dubai, NYC, and Copenhagen will be shown as case studies of how renewable energy technologies can be integrated into artworks as a way to create sustainable and educational urban parks. Learn more about the LAGI project at www.landartgenerator.org.

About Biophilia: Pittsburgh
Biophilia: Pittsburgh is the pilot chapter for a Biophilia Network dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion and action. The group meets monthly at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes classroom at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where, over delicious small-plate food and a happy-hour cash bar, a discipline or behavior will be identified — often by an expert guest speaker — and discussed among the participants in the interest of sharing ideas and identifying opportunities. Join the conversation!

RSVP by sending an email or signing up at the group’s Meetup page.

What is Biophilia?
The term “biophilia,” stemming from the Greek roots meaning “love of life,” was coined by the social psychologist Erich Fromm. It came into use in the 1980s when Harvard University biologist E.O. Wilson defined biophilia as “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

In the last twenty years, studies examining human attraction to nature have yielded convincing evidence that links interactions with nature with positive gains in productivity, increased healing rates, and even enhanced learning comprehension in a wide range of sectors.

Biophilia Pittsburgh

The top image was taken by Science Education and Research staff.

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