Glossary

I’m interested in using design to proactively create more community health. As a friend recently put it, that’s the ‘heart of interdisciplinary.’ Language is a tool, a framework that helps of conceive of new realities, but many of the fields working on our thorniest problems are using their own powerful, but siloed language. This glossary is a collection of useful frameworks and ideas that I’ve gathered as I’ve entered the conversations on these issues.

Biophilia The innate urge to affiliate with other forms of life. A theory popularized by E. O. Wilson in his 1984 book by the same title. Ecological Services The services provided by ecological systems–eg. the cleansing of water through vegetation roots and sand, the production of oxygen by vegation, etc. Ecological Wealth The goods and resources produced by ecological systems, whether that’s the impact of verdant streets on property values, or air cleansing or water storage services provided by vegetation and soil. Evidence-Based Design A design process in which design decisions are influenced by research and evidence supporting desired outcomes. For example, a designer might choose to orient patient rooms in a hospital towards a courtyard garden, because studies have shown that views of green space decrease recovery times. This concept has its roots in the ‘Evidence-Based Practice’ movement in medicine.

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