On the 19 March 2022, the documentary film - Living Structures - will be premiered at the Geelong Design Week, Costa Hall, Deakin University, Geelong. This documentary film provides a thought-provoking narrative questioning the current state of our built environment, challenging the status quo to consider how we need to include the structures of Nature to create places of belonging. Featuring, created and written by Dr Phillip B. Roös, he proposes finding solutions for our current planetary crisis in the natural order of Nature.
For further information see: https://www.livingstructuresfilm.com https://livesmartlab.deakin.edu.au/living-structures-architecture-for-life/
The exhibition: 'The Unfolding' by Dr Phillip B. Roös consists of various artworks, including drawings, paintings, and large paper scrolls telling stories of the landscape in abstract representations, epitomising the inherent living structures that are visible and non-visible elements of nature’s designs. These works are featured in the documentary film 'Living Structures: The Architecture for Life'. Come and explore within the paintings and drawings hidden narratives where through the process of unfolding nature reveals to us beauty. However, beauty is not only what we see, but also the inherent processes and morphological sequences of creation that makes the whole, which results in the feeling of belonging.
Dates: Thursday 17th March 2022 – Sunday 27th March 2022
Exhibition Times: Wednesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Venue: The Papermill Gallery, 100 Lower Paper Mills Rd, Fyansford, VIC, 3218 (Papermill Gallery Website)
Registration Link: To Be Confirmed Soon
The Live+Smart Research Laboratory at the School of Architecture & Built Environment, Deakin University invites you to join this free online masterclass.
The event includes a public lecture by Associate Professor Dr Phillip B. Roös, followed by keynote presentations and a panel discussion including Jefa Greenaway (Greenaway Architects), Nick Griffin (McGregor Coxall) and Eduard Ross (Grimshaw). Presentations and panel discussions include how biophilic design can be applied to community facilities at an early stage of the planning and design process. The case study of the new Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre will be used as an exemplar of integral design and planning. ‘Biophilia and Deep Connections to Place’ will review Indigenous Design, Landscape Design and Architectural Design that supports our innate affiliation to the natural world and the land.
Moderated by Deakin Scholar Lana Van Galen, the panel discussions highlight how co-design between the Hobsons Bay City Council, the Hobsons Bay Wetland Centre Committee and key stakeholders from the initiation stage of the project can result in a ‘Design that Matters’.
Date: Thursday, 9th December 2021 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM AEDT
Register here: Eventbrite Registration
An INHAF Habitat Forum Webinar Series – Rethinking Cities
In the last few years, surprising new developments in neuroscience, environmental psychology, biology, mathematics, and other fields have begun to challenge designers to think differently about their role, particularly as we seek to transition to a world of healthier and more resilient environments. Science reveals the essential geometrical and sensorial qualities that create spaces promoting healing and life. Diagnostic tools such as eye-tracking and Visual Simulation Software also show that many pieces of the built environment are either invisible to the unconscious, or they create anxiety. Leading researchers and authors will discuss many of these findings, and their sometimes provocative implications.
In this webinar Dr Phillip Roös, Associate Professor and Director of the Live+Smart Research Laboratory, will discuss the urgent need for a radical intervention in our design and planning discourse by adopting a new pattern language that is embedded in the regenerative-adaptive processes of Nature.
Date: Thursday, 11 Nov, 6:30-8:30pm (IST) / 8:00-10:00am (ET) / Friday, 12 Nov, 12:00-2:30am (AEDT)
Registration Link: https://bit.ly/3CSJY26
An increasing number of building professionals now are of the view that 20 - 21st century planning, design and construction of the built environment has been unimaginably bad, reckless, and unacceptable; as the way we have built our cities has resulted in a degeneration of the earth's natural systems, now eventuating in unprecedented impacts of a changing climate, and we have pushed beyond the planetary boundaries that can sustain life.
The current status quo is to apply the concept of ‘sustainability’ to the discourse of our actions in planning, design, development, manufacturing, and construction, even agriculture and forestry. However, sustainability is not good enough, as to ‘sustain’ is still part of a degenerating system – we need to go beyond sustainability to move from a degenerative system to a regenerative system.
Regenerative Design provides the opportunity to restore, renew, revitalize, and replenish our natural resources. The aim of the process is to achieve net-positive impacts for nature, ecology, health and society.
In this webinar Dr Phillip Roos an international expert in Environmental Design, will explore this exciting new direction in thinking and practice, including how timber use, and regenerative forestry, could be part of a regenerative-adaptive future for our planet.
Webinar at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5irOB9EwTOOXVzm_oPoeAg
Online Exhibition Now Available!!
All living creatures on earth have an innate connection to water, in fact, we cannot survive without water. This deep affiliation to water heightens our sensory experiences and attachment to place, where beautiful landscapes along waterways gets settled by humans since ancient times. In the exhibition ‘Aquaphilia’, five contributors from a multidisciplinary background of architecture, landscape architecture, sculpture and fine arts – submerge themselves into the depths of their practice to produce works reflective of a ‘Love of Water’. The collection of contemporary visual and interactive artworks underpinned by the adoration for hydration, raises questions of social and environmental consciousness.
View the online exhibition at https://www.aquaphilia.info
Rewilding the City, 2021
Online exhibition Now Available!
What might a biophilic city look like and how could its residents benefit from a city that embraces nature through a spectrum of green infrastructure solutions?
Explore in this exhibition alternate possibilities of Geelong as a Nature-full City through design ideas from students, researchers and academics that propose an integrated ecosystem across rooftops, city plazas and future growth areas.
The role of abundant wild nature in a truly sustainable city is often undervalued. Evidence shows that the integration of natural systems in urban and suburban areas helps cities cope with climate change impacts, as well as enhancing the health and wellbeing of urban populations. It is our vision that the City of Greater Geelong embraces biophilic design and could become a ‘rewilded and nature-full city’. Online exhibition at https://www.rewildingthecity.info View window displays at CentrePoint Arcade, 132 Little Malop Street, Geelong.
Geelong's Changing Landscape Book - Shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s History Award and Victorian Community History Awards
Announcement of winners on 28th October 2020 at 4:30pm. Watch online at https://prov.vic.gov.au/community/grants-and-awards/community-history-awards
Join the Talk at:https://aila.delegateconnect.co/talks/biophilic-landscapes-application-in-education-spaces
2020 AILA Land-E-Scape: Reset - Towards healing. https://landscapeaustralia.com/calendar/conference/2020-aila-land-e-scape-reset-towards-healing/
Biophilia, suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, and thus as humans we seek “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. To be able to reflect how biophilia can be expressed in the design of educational environments, we need to understand what it is about nature that creates a sense of well-being and the subconscious engagement of place. We know from a significant body of research that sensory connection to nature initiates in us reactions that enhance well-being and healing. Biophilic design needs to include these deep patterns of connection.
In 1982 eminent architect, mathematician, writer and visionary thinker Christopher Alexander challenged the status of modern architecture in a public debate with Peter Eisenman, hosted at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He openly announced that modern architecture is messing up the world. The importance of this debate has been widely recognised. The writings of A Pattern Language (1977) fundamentally lies at the core of Alexander’s reasoning, raising the issue that we need an architecture that is embedded in the generative codes of nature, that is alive, and that can result in living structures. He referred to a design of ‘deep sustainability’ informed by the Nature of Order. Nearly 40 years later, the evidence is all around us that the way we have designed and built our cities has been almost un-imaginably bad and unacceptable, and has resulted in a degeneration of the earth's natural systems, now eventuating in unprecedented impacts of a changing climate.
In this lecture Dr Roös set the context of the need for a new paradigm in architecture, raising the debate to new heights for scaffolding a world view of ecological responsibility. The narrative explores the fundamentals for a more holistic, all encompassing, integral method, presenting a regenerative-adaptive pattern language for sustainable development, that re-establishes our wholeness with nature, and considers the vulnerabilities of a changing landscape. Reflecting on his learnings in practice and research, he ask us the question: What is the legacy that you will leave behind for future generations? It is time to change.
Link to Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/736493056941440 Link to Live Stream (Facebook Live): https://www.facebook.com/reallectures/posts/4856648807680362
Dr Phillip B. Roös
Ecological artist, designer, and architect. Writer, philosopher, and biophilia vanguardist.