On-demand / Biophilic Design: Nature-Based Outdoor Design Solutions for All

Recorded On: 02/03/2022

Biophilic design comes from biophilia, which literally means a love of nature but also recognizes human dependency on nature. The concept was popularized by Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson, and Yale social ecologist Stephen Kellert. Design activates biophilia by creating equitable places of everyday life, where people and nature intersect, beginning in early childhood.

Research strongly suggests that nature has multiple positive impacts on health and wellbeing across the human lifecycle and promotes caring for the planet and each other. Sixty years ago, Only One Earth was published, warning us to care for the health of our biosphere and the deadly consequences of not doing so – now looming. The good news is that international treaties and conventions developed, expanded, and refined over the last several decades can now empower action.

Inspiring international examples, design strategies, principles, and practices, at the building, site, neighborhood, and city scale will focus on biophilic design thinking applied to urban neighborhoods, parks and playgrounds, child development centers and schools, streets and greenways, health facilities, and multi-use commercial districts. The growing body of research will be translated into human centered design action to restore and conserve nature in daily life. Landscape architects, architects, planners, park and recreation professionals, and others involved may see themselves as cultural change agents and planetary lifeguards supporting human evolution in a healthy, equitable direction.


Learning Obejctives

  • Describe biophilic design as a response to increasing global urbanization, framed by supportive international treaties, policies, and goals.
  • Explain biophilic design as an environment-behavior design concept equitably linking health of the biosphere to human health and wellbeing across individual lifespans and generations.
  • Apply biophilic design as an equitable, measurable, nature-based solution to conserving, restoring, and creating urban biodiversity in the built environments of daily life.
  • Apply biophilic design strategies, principles, policies, practices, and measures that also imply necessary changes to built environment regulatory systems.

Brought to you By

                      Natural Learning Initative

Robin Moore, Dipl Arch, MCP, ASLA

Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Co-founder of the Natural Learning Initiative

Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design / NC State University

Robin Moore is Professor of Landscape Architecture and co-founder of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University. He holds degrees in architecture (London) and city and regional planning (MIT) and is an honorary member of the ASLA. During his long career as educator, researcher, and practitioner, Moore has developed an interdisciplinary, environment & behavior approach to built environments design for children and families in low-resource communities in North Carolina and beyond. Moore is an international authority on the intergenerational design of urban play and learning environments, with a focus on engagement with nature. He is former chair of the Environmental Design Research Association, former president of the International Play Association, and a member of the UNESCO “Growing Up in Cities” research team. Recent publications include the Design for Healthy Childhoods and a Healthy Planet, in Biophilic Design. In 2021 Professor Moore received the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by NC State University.

Inés Palacios, PhD (Moderator)

Training & Professional Development Manager

PlayCore / CORE

Dr. Palacios is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides training, continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in 2013 after obtaining a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management Department. She is currently serving as NRPA's Chair of the Conference Program Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors for Dix Park Conservancy. Inés is based out of Raleigh, NC.

This session will offer the following credits:



CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA/CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey

To obtain your CEU, please visit the "contents" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Biophilic Design Survey
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Biophilic Design Quiz
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
Biophilic Design Certificate
1.00 (.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 (.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) credit  |  Certificate available