TM07 - Serenbe: A Biophilic Community

Monday, November 18 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

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Serenbe, a planned community just outside of Atlanta, exemplifies a community where people authentically live, work, learn and play in celebration of life’s beauty. A place where connections between people, nature and the arts are nourished. Serenbe was created by Steve Nygren as a community model that demonstrates an alternative to conventional urban sprawl - one which preserves land, creates community, restores nature and nourishes our innate biophilia. The early vision for Serenbe involved several sustainability pioneers, including Ray C. Anderson, Founder of Interface, and Bill Browning of Terrapin Bright Green. Nearly fifteen years after its inception, Serenbe today is home to an inspiring mix of residential, commercial and retail space. Serenbe has an organic farm, over 700 acres of open space, twenty miles of trails, and year-round arts and cultural programming. Serenbe has been cited as leading the wellness real estate trend, a $134 billion global industry proclaimed by Fast Company, CityLab, The Architect’s Newspaper, Strong Towns and most recently by TIME Magazine, asking “Can Where You Live Change Your Life?” Join us to learn from the developers and designers, and answer that question for yourself.

Learning Objectives:

Describe the Serenbe planning process and how stakeholders, students and consultants contributed to the development

Identify biophilic design strategies and health benefits with specific examples present at Serenbe

Discuss the merits of green building certification at a community scale

Discuss the opportunities to incorporate agriculture and edible landscapes into community design


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Event Type: Tour > Session