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Masterclass "NATURE in SPACE: Perspectives on Biophilic Interior Design" at Elisava


Kanazawa Museum of Contemporary Art by SANAA, Kanazawa, Japan, (2004). © Carmen García Sánchez

Nature trail at Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan. Light Odyssey by SHIMURAbros (2017) and Hummin' Bloom by KEIKO+MANABU (2020). ©Carmen García Sánchez

Murin-an 無鄰菴 villa garden in Kyoto (Japan) ©Carmen García Sánchez

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art by Vilhelm Wohlert and Jørgen Bo in Hellebæk Denmark (1958). © Carmen García Sánchez.

I will be giving a masterclass and an open lecture on Biophilic Design at Elisava in Barcelona on June 21. The aim is to provide a deeper knowledge of what biophilic design is and what design strategies can be used to implement it.

For one afternoon, the postgraduate students will be briefly introduced to relevant literature on the theme of the course and the principles of biophilic design, including different approaches to the understanding of “nature” and the presentation of exemplary nature-connecting architectural cases. The programme combines a collaborative learning group workshop, an immersion in nature, a lecture and a discussion. Participants will articulate their understanding of the selected texts and the lecture, while reflecting on the different questions that may arise.

The aim of the masterclass is to critically engage attendees with this emerging and relevant topic. It will also enhance their understanding of the human-natural environment interactions and, most importantly, enable them to create their own nature-connecting designs. The activity contributes to the implementation of UN’s SDGs and is aligned with the New European Bauhaus values of beauty, sustainability and togetherness.

I am grateful to Daniela Hartmann , Co-Head of the Postgraduate Diploma Interior Space Design Private Perimeters at Elisava , for her kind invitation.

Focused on the 17 UN´s Sustainable

Development Goals (SDGs)

It has received funding from the European

Union’s H2020 research and innovation

programme under the MSCA grant

agreement 896651. The present action

reflects only the author’s view and it does

not engage in any way the views of the

European Commission.


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