Biophilia: Transforming Industrial Spaces

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Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hour
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Biophilia: Transforming Industrial Spaces
Kickstarter’s headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Join us for a panel discussion on biophilia and the concepts of Terrapin Bright Green’s recently published report, 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. After a brief introduction of the report, speakers will review the patterns' practical application in two case study projects:

  • Kickstarter’s new headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which transformed a derelict factory into a remarkable office space
  • Clif Bar’s plan for an industrial bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho, that aspires to be a healthy, biophilic, 24-hour workplace for several hundreds of employees


6:00 – 6:30 PM  Registration and Reception
6:30 – 8:00 PM  Presentations and Panel Discussion

Chris Garvin
Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Mr. Garvin has over 20 years' experience in the sustainable design community. His work spans a range of building types and includes innovative biomimetic product development, building systems integration, and large-scale planning.

Elysa Hammond
Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar & Company

Ms. Hammond oversees Clif Bar’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact, green their supply chain, and expand their support of organic, sustainable food and agriculture.

Catie Ryan
Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Since joining Terrapin in 2008, Ms. Ryan has worked with several clients on biophilic design strategy and implementation. She co-authored Terrapin's 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

Ole Sondresen
Principal, Ole Sondresen Architect

A native of Norway, Mr. Sondresen has spent his career in the sustainable building and design realm. He recently completed the adaptive reuse of an abandoned manufacturing building for Kickstarter.


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