Biophilic Design for Healthy Childhood Development - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Biophilic Design for Healthy Childhood Development - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 06/29/2023

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This presentation demonstrates how biophilic design can be used to regenerate engagement with nature in the daily life spaces of urban children and their families – in childcare centers, schools, neighborhoods, parks, mixed-use developments, and non-formal education institutions such as museums. The rapid growth of scientific literature supporting the human health benefits of exposure to nature will be celebrated along with implications of hands-on experience with nature for positive childhood development. Application of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI)’s environment-and-behavior approach to design thinking will be demonstrated via case studies of built work executed in collaboration with varied entities from grassroots to major cities, in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Important process bookends are participatory design programming, including segmented community surveys, and post-occupancy evaluation (POE) to verify user response to the built environment as designed.

Learning objectives:

  • Integrate participatory environment-and-behavior design programming with biophilic design concepts.
  • Apply biophilic design thinking to outdoor spaces for children and families.
  • Conduct post-occupancy evaluations to verify user responses to biophilic built environments as designed.

Hosted by ASLA's Children's Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN)

Photo credit: ASLA 2016 Student Research Honor Award. Flowers in Crannied Walls: An Elementary Schoolyard Redesign. Taylor D Metz, Student ASLA / image: Taylor D Metz

Robin Moore, Dipl Arch, MCP, Hon. 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 American Society of Landscape Architects. 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.

Nilda Cosco, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Director of Programs, Co-Founder of the Natural Learning Initiative

Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design / NC State University

Nilda Cosco, PhD, Research Associate Professor and Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University. Dr. Cosco holds a degree in Educational Psychology, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina and a PhD in Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh University, Scotland. In 2000, she co-founded the Natural Learning Initiative at the College of Design, North Carolina with Professor Moore. She developed in 2007 the program Preventing Obesity by Design (POD). Cosco’s research focuses on the impact of the physical environment on children’s learning, health, and well-being.

Inés M. Palacios, PhD (Moderator)

Training and Professional Development Manager


Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides 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 August 2013 after obtaining her 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 & Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations. Inés is based out of Raleigh, NC.


Recorded 06/29/2023  |  62 minutes
Recorded 06/29/2023  |  62 minutes
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