Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Summer 2019 - 6

ON THE ROOF WITH...

ON THE ROOF WITH...

BIOPHILIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPER
AND VISIONARY STEVE NYGREN
- ROGER SCHICKEDANTZ

INTERVIEW BY STEVEN W. PECK, GRP, HONORARY ASLA

Images courtesy of S. Peck

Photo courtesy WM+P

Steve and his team have been working
to implement biophilic design principles
at the community development
scale 30 minutes south of Atlanta for
almost twenty years and the results are
impressive. Serenbe is a development
modeled after traditional European
villages, and as a result it uses far less land
than traditional development projects.
The conserved land is then preserved
for forests, farming and pasture land.
I attended the Biophilic Summit this
Spring at Serenbe to find out from Steve
how biophilic design is being realized in
this model of a sustainable and healthy
community.

STEVEN PECK (LEFT), AND STEVE NYGREN,
FOUNDER SERENBE
LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / SUMMER 2019 / 6

Steven Peck (SP): Hi Steve. This place is beautiful and relaxing. Thank
you. Much of the talk about biophilic design has centered around buildings,
but you have been promoting Serenbe as a biophilic community. Why are you
doing that and does anyone know what you are talking about - does it help sell
the community?
SN: That's a great question. Most examples have been buildings
however the biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans have an innate
tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.
Most people don't know the term biophilia, yet when you give them
the definition it becomes abundantly clear they do understand the
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