Biophilic Design and Indigenous Principles

On March 25th 2021, ISAPD Founder, Anjelica S. Gallegos, spoke at the Biophilic Design Virtual Symposium by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ mission is to develop the market by increasing the awareness of the economic, social, and environmental benefits of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development, and celebrations of excellence. 

Gallegos presented her work, the NATURE-CULTURE NEXUS PLAN, from her second year urban design studio taught by Bimal Mendis. 

The NATURE-CULTURE NEXUS PLAN is designed to be a framework to sow across both ecosystems and urban places, while recognizing and strengthening the unique histories and current conditions of each site.

The seven step plan includes methodology within Indigenous traditional knowledge covering , cultural resources, responsive landscape technology, site heritage and cross-pollinating programming.

Gallegos’ project further proposed collaboration between local, state and federal programs and select policy, including the ConEdison Utility, United States Department of Energy -Office of Indian Energy and more. To see her complete project and manual with step by step methods, see this link.

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