Designing with Nature – Webinar Catch-up


Thriving minds – why designers should start with wellbeing: Andy Gibson, Mindapples

Andy Gibson will be sharing a different perspective on design, based on his work promoting public mental health and wellbeing in schools, universities and workplaces around the UK. To design with nature, we need to understand the nature of the people for whom we are designing, which means designers need to consider the right conditions for people’s minds to thrive.

This is particularly true in schools, which are environments designed to nurture learning, exploration and reflection. Nature plays a key role on this, giving pupils and staff access to environments that promote creativity and learning. Andy will share a few key principles to consider when designing environments to promote creativity and learning, reduce stress and bring out people’s best natures.

Designing with Nature: Cath Lester, IBI Group

In a fast-moving world, loaded with digital technology, sometimes it is good to go back to basics, slow down and engage with nature. This has become even more poignant in recent months when children and adults have had more free time to spend outdoors and reconnect with the outdoor spaces on their immediate doorstep. As schools begin to welcome learners back into the fold, the opportunity to embrace outdoor education has become more significant. Landscape Architect, Cath Lester will present a thought piece about how we, as designers and the education community can take inspiration from the natural world to enrich external space and create outdoor environments that support development and wellbeing.

10 ways to bring nature into the classroom: John Newman & Karen Turnbull, ADP

Drawing on examples from ADP projects and international examples, the team explore cost-effective ways to create learning environments that connect children with nature. Examples consider activity, exploration and discovery, and wider connections with the natural world.

ADPs own approach to design puts sustainability at its heart, creating spaces where children feel a real sense of belonging, connection and engagement with their environment. Designing with nature is key to this working successfully.

Climate Emergency Landscape: Ian Taylor, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The design of our physical environment needs greater emphasis on the benefits to people through: positive biodiversity impacts, focus on local character, adaptation for climate change, and greater connectivity between interior and exterior spaces.