OPPI 2019 Conference

October 3

Lightning Session // Alyssa Cerbu – Making Biophilic Connections: Creating a Green Space Network in Toronto

The City of Toronto is facing unprecedented population growth, placing an increased demand on existing parkland green spaces. With intensification only projected to increase and limited opportunities to develop parkland, the City must explore other complimentary methods to protect and grow access to nature. This presentation will explore the possibility for other urban green spaces to provide natural connectivity between parkland and ravines through biophilic design. Biophilic design underscores the importance of daily contact with nature in order for people to have happy lives. With rapid urbanization, however, this connection is under threat.

This lightning talk will overview the history of traditional parks and the concept behind biophilic design; however, it will predominately focus on the biophilic benefits associated with exposure to nature. This presentation will therefore underscore how even small green urban spaces deliver positive health outcomes. This research is significant for planners and designers working to prioritize access to nature and create a green space network.