Biophilic Design plays in Toronto, New York, the world

October 18, 2011

Biophilic Design: The Architecture in Life was a unique project for us in a few ways.  Our average video project clocks in at five minutes or less and is distributed online through YouTube or Vimeo.  Also, it has never taken us four years to finish a project before.  But this hour-long documentary was also ambitious in scope and scale - production in Europe and across the United States, over 60 interviews that make it into the final film, and a number of really interesting works of architecture that I got to visit and experience (and had the challenge of trying to capture on video).  

After a sneak preview at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren (VT) this August, Steve (Stephen Kellert, Executive Producer of the film, Yale University) took the work-in-progress on the road to Portland (OR), Seattle, Italy, and on October 5th we simultaneously presented the final version in both Toronto and New Hampshire.  Steve was the keynote at a conference on children and nature and I represented the film at Greenbuild - a massive event for the green architecture world.  At my screening the room was packed to the brim with our target audience (architects, architecture/design students) and I was joined for the Q&A by Judith Heerwagen (GSA) and Bill Browning (Terrapin Bright Green).  Really exciting to share the film with a big, positive audience.

Next up we’ll be presented the film in the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City (http://adfilmfest.com/) October 22nd and 23rd. Steve and I will both be there (Tribeca Cinemas) and are looking forward to reactions from an audience that will include professional architects as well as people interested in architecture (tickets are available at: http://www.ticketinguide.com/adff2011/Biophilic_Design_The_Architecture_…).

More info on the film is available at: http://www.biophilicdesign.net/.

UPDATE: After successful screenings at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York and Chicago and at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC, Biophilic Design is now being distributed by Bullfrog Films.

The film was also recently reviewed in Science Magazine (4/27/12):
Finnegan’s film provides a pleasant overview of biophilic design. Although the approach contains more common sense than novelty, its application to homes, schools, office buildings, factories, and hospitals will help bring nature back into our lives - which can only do us good.