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Biophilia and the Future of Sustainable Cities Symposium

 “Biophilia... is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. Innate means hereditary and hence part of ultimate human nature.”

- E. O. Wilson (American biologist)


The term “Biophilic City” generally corresponds to effectively incorporating nature into urban environments. There are currently no set criteria or official checklist to qualify a city as a Biophilic city, but improving people’s access to green space and parks; building eco-bridges to facilitate habitat connectivity; and measurable impacts of nature on human well-being are all ideas associated with the idea of Biophilic Cities.

Is it possible to design and create a living environment that brings out the best of both human societies and ecological systems? Can natural ecosystems benefit from close proximity to cities? The idea of a Biophilic City puts focus on creating beneficial interactions that can happen when we try to meld these systems more closely together. Across different cities, more and more professionals from different fields – architects, therapists, interior designers, educators, and policy-makers have explored and adopted such ideas with the aim of improving liveability and the quality of urban life.

To broaden the awareness and application of Biophilic approaches in diverse sectors, the National Parks Board (NParks) and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) are jointly organising the Biophilia and the Future of Sustainable Cities Symposium on 14 October 2015. It is the first time that thought leaders in the field are brought together in Singapore to share their insights and experiences on Biophilia and Biophilic city design.

Event Details:

Date: 14 October 2015, Wednesday

Time: 9am to 3pm

Venue: Civil Service College Auditorium



Last updated on 23 September 2015

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