It was a pleasure to see the article entitled Meaford Landscape Designer Awarded Contract in The Meaford Independent.
It suggested that the Films for Thought; environmental and social justice series at Meaford Hall is on track.
The series is starting a second run of 6 documentaries, from October 2012 to April 2013, all designed to spark discussion around the issues of healthy humans integrated with a healthy planet.
Thomas Dean shares on his web site that his years of life experience “are drawn upon in my approach to design challenges, along with a profound respect for the natural world and the opportunities, in our lives and our work, to sustain and protect and celebrate biodiversity.”
The closing film of the series complements this approach.
Generally, we have figured out how to build homes with non-toxic products.
Now, designers like Thomas Dean are striving to reconnect building design and humans to the natural world; ‘the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.’
We are fortunate as a community that so many individuals like Thomas Dean, and groups like Transition Meaford are working toward a healthy and just community.
Transition Meaford is trying to do its’ part by creating a forum for discussion around the key issues that help a community build the skills required to work in harmony through stressful times.
This amazing award is a good omen for the success of the upcoming series at Meaford Hall.
Keep an eye out in Meaford Hall’s Fall/Winter brochure for the full line-up of films.
Meaford Hall: April 28th, 2013: $7. Adults, $2. Students
Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life (60 min.)
Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We have classically designed 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. This film takes the viewer on a journey in a search of 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.
Download the Film synopsis 2013