October 22, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's Green Screens series will host the film, "Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life," on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Theatre.

Admission is $2 per person; Campus Dollars are accepted. The Campus Theatre is located at located at 413 Market St. in Lewisburg.

"Biophilic Design" is a 60-minute documentary film by Stephen R. Kellert and Bill Finnegan about buildings that connect people and nature.

According to the film-makers, people have often designed cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate the community from nature, saying, "The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development."

"Biophilic Design" presents a journey from humans' evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world's most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. The film points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern human beings — including hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive.

In a related program, Bucknell senior environmental studies major Zac Hancock will lead a discussion about the green roof installation on the Dana Engineering Building at Bucknell as an example of biophilic design. Hancock will be joined by Kevin Gilmore, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Dina El-Mogazi, director of the Campus Greening Initiative, in Room 214 of the Dana Engineering Building on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. Members of the community are welcome to attend.

The film is shown as part of Bucknell University's Green Screens film series, co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Environmental Center, the fall 2012 Bucknell Film/Media Studies series and the University Lectureship Committee, with additional community support.  

The Green Screens film series continues through the fall semester with "The Story of Change", which argues that citizens — not shoppers — hold the key to a better future, on Nov. 27.

For more information, see www.bucknell.edu/x2250.xml, e-mail environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call the Environmental Center at 570-577-1490.

Contact: Division of Communications