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There are 2.25 million men, women, and children behind bars in the United States. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world with 693 inmates per 100,000 residents. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about a quarter of federal and state prison inmates and 35% of jail inmates who spent 30 or more days in solitary confinement had been, or were later diagnosed with severe psychological distress. Can biophilic design help our prisons and inmates? Join us as we explore this topic in-depth in this 2 part series.

 

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This course is part of our biophilia series.

The term “biophilia” is gaining a lot of attention since it’s been part of the WELL Building Standard following the footsteps of the Living Building Challenge. So, what is it? The innate tendency in human beings to focus on life and lifelike processes is biophilia. Can our understanding of the science of biophilic design help create healthier buildings? Is biophilic design a truly sustainable solution? Can biophilic design revitalize our prison facilities? Join us as GBRI Senior Research Associate Lilli Fischer explores this topic in-depth.

In part 1 of this course, we will apply the concepts of biophilic design, detailed in Biophilic Design: A Truly Sustainable Solution, to prisons. We will explore the psychological impacts of conventional prison design and social structure on inmates and staff. We will discuss the opposing theories of Static and Dynamic Security and dive into the history of incarceration theory in the US. Finally, we’ll talk about current trends in US and European prisons and ask if there is a push for change.

In part two of this course, we will explore, the scientific evidence supporting biophilic design in prisons, examine the results of several biophilic rehabilitation programs in the US and see examples two Nordic prisons that have implemented biophilic design strategies. Finally, we will discuss why biophilic design in prisons is especially important right now.

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Objectives

  1. Explore the impact of access to nature and natural elements on inmates.
  2. Discuss the opposing theories of static security and dynamic security.
  3. Reveal design features common in prisons today that could lead to negative long-term impacts on crime.
  4. Examine the history of inmate rehabilitation in the US.
  5. Investigate the existing scientific evidence supporting the use of biophilic design in prisons.
  6. See powerful examples of biophilic design in Nordic prisons.

 

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So, what is it? The innate tendency in human beings to focus on life and lifelike processes is biophilia.

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What will you learn from this course?

Explore the impact of access to nature and natural elements on inmates.

Discuss the opposing theories of static security and dynamic security.

Reveal design features common in prisons today that could lead to negative long-term impacts on crime.

Examine the history of inmate rehabilitation in the US.

Investigate the existing scientific evidence supporting the use of biophilic design in prisons.

See powerful examples of biophilic design in Nordic prisons.

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Another great course from GBRI on biophilic design, this time in relation to prisons and correction facilities.

The course starts with a short review of the basics of biophilic design including its brief history and main concepts. It then moves on to looking at some of the main elements of traditional prison design, including the impact these features can have on inmates and prison staff. The final part provides a path to change and introduces interesting examples of how biophilic design principles, when applied correctly to prisons, can help reduce stress levels and promote rehabilitation.

This course forms part of a 3-part series around the drivers behind, and impact of biophilic design for prisons. I would highly recommend watching all three parts to help form a complete picture of the subject. –

Akos Brandecker,

Senior Manager – Sustainability & Wellbeing, Arup

What are USGBC Pro-reviewers saying about this course?

The course contains good information on history of prisons in US and Europe with figures. Also, the course addresses the current prisons design and prisoners’ treatment and how the current conditions have impact on prisoners’ reintegration into society. Introducing biophilic, dynamic and homey design can have a positive impact on the inmates and their reintegrated into society easily. But, not much about biophilic design addressed in this course. I am assuming since this is part one of this course series, more about biophilic design will be addressed in the coming parts.
The presenter is great. The visual and audio are excellent.
The quiz is good but a bit short. –

How Will The Webinar Work?

Everyone who registers will also receive on-demand access to the recording of the webinar along with hand-outs.

To attend the webinar, all you need is an internet connection, a web browser and speakers or headphones

Certificates of completion are issued after the webinar & CE hours are automatically reported to USGBC & AIA!

Presented By Lilli Fisher

I started out my career as an environmental educator at the Alice Ferguson Foundation. I took kids outside into the woods and down to the banks of the Potomac River, and together we discovered our place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and saw many of plants and animals we share it with.

I moved to New York City to pursue a master’s of science in Sustainable Environmental Systems at Pratt Institute, which I completed in December. Last summer took a position with Terrapin Bright Green working with the biophilic design team on case studies, blogs, and independent research.

I looked at several outstanding examples of biophilic design from New York City to Singapore and China. I investigated how biophilic design could improve the guest experience and dwell time in the hospitality industry, and blogged on the potential for biophilic design and biophilic rehabilitation programs to improve outcomes in the United States prison system.

Several months ago I met Jeslin Varghese, one of the founders of GBRI. We discussed my piece Prison, Nature, and Social Structure, which was published on Terrapin’s blog, and found we shared many ideas. By the end of our conversation, we had the nascent concepts for several courses one of which is the course you’re about to embark on.

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