January 10


Free and open to the public

Biophilic Design Film ScreeningFilm

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. 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. Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature – 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. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

Film Trailer

Press and Reviews


The film showing will be followed by a discussion with experts in this area, Gunnar Hubbard and Peter Burke.

With more than 23 years of experience as a green building consultant, Gunnar Hubbard has been involved in green building efforts across the United States and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has played a key role on a wide variety of sustainability projects and project types, including hotels, educational facilities, sports facilities, high-rise buildings, science buildings, health facilities, government buildings, retail facilities, museums, manufacturing facilities and residential buildings. His experience as a LEED consultant encompasses a variety of LEED rating systems including LEED NC, EB:O&M, CI, CS, LEED for Schools, LEED for Retail, LEED for Healthcare and LEED for Homes, and he has experience with Net Zero Energy buildings. His project credits include Las Vegas CityCenter Block C, Harvard University’s Allston Science Complex, more than ten of Vornado Realty Trust’s high-rise buildings in New York, Shanghai International Financial Center, and the Museum of the Built Environment in Saudi Arabia.

Active in teaching, Gunnar develops and leads green building workshops around the world. He has been a LEED® Faculty™ since 2004 and was named LEED Fellow in 2012. He also holds a license to provide the U.S. Green Building Council’s curriculum to groups in the U.S. and abroad. His recent workshops were in Shanghai and Stockholm. He is teaching as a visiting faculty at Cornell University and has taught at Ball State University and the Yestermorrow Design/Build School.

Gunnar graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, and from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in architecture. He is a licensed architect in California.

Peter Burke is the owner of PBLA, an emerging design firm which holds simplicity, function, context and value over all other factors. Peter is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Maine.  Peter was born in the mountains of Venezuela and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he received a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, and later, after working in non-profit development and traveling all over North America, Mexico and Central America, attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and earned a masters degree in Landscape Architecture in 2000.

Since then he has been either building or designing landscape-centric places that improve the quality of people’s environments and lives. He worked for six years in multidisciplinary architecture and engineering firms, and his breadth of experience and interest in working with allied professionals is one of his great strengths.

$5 Suggested Donation at the Door

This program was made possible by support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Portland Public Library.  

Maine Humanities Council