Jenny Roe Lecture: “Cities, Nature, and Health: How can biophilic design build human well-being?”

February 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jackson Street Building, Lecture hall 123
Jackson Street Building
Athens, GA 30602
College of Environment and Design

Dr. Jenny Roe, landscape architect, will lecture at the College of Environment and Design on cities and human health on February 16th, 2017 at 5 p.m. in lecture hall 123 of the Jackson Street Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. Roe is Professor of Design and Health, and the Director of the Center of Design and Health at the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former landscape architect, she has expertise in how the design of the built environment can maximize human flourishing.

How can biophilic design build human wellbeing? Biophilia refers to our human tendencies to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. This presentation will explore how biophilic design at a city-wide level can generate positive health and wellbeing. Research studies show what many environmental design students know: Nature has a positive effect on health and wellbeing. In this lecture Roe will outline a model of “green health” that helps articulate this relationship, covering themes such as mental health and stress regulation, human life span (especially in children and older people) and chronic health conditions.

Before Roe’s move to the USA in 2015, she was Leader in Human Wellbeing and Behavior Change for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), a global think tank researching how to build sustainable, resilient and healthy cities. Her research has pioneered methods for quantifying the health benefits of good urban design, using physiological indicators such as cortisol – the stress hormone – and mobile electroencephalography (EEG) to explore emotional activity on the move in cities. Much of her research explores health inequities in economically disadvantaged communities, including racial/ethnic minorities, children and teenagers, the elderly, and people with chronic health conditions.

This lecture is co-sponsored by CICR.