Nature and Health: Green Indoor Infrastructure

April 9, 2021 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST | 8:00 am – 9:30am PST | Watch recording

Our research at the Zofnass Program is founded on the principle that buildings are clients and servers to the infrastructure systems, forming an integrated city system of systems. We have applied this concept to energy, water, transport, solid waste, food. This workshop links the landscape infrastructure to the interior of the buildings being an integral part of the city’s landscape infrastructure.


Moderated by Prof. Charles Waldheim, Harvard GSD

Guest Speakers:

Jie Yin, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Heather Greene, Stantec

Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green


Session’s recording link

ZPH session’s slides-Bill Browning

Speaker Bios


Prof. Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving professor of landscape architecture

Director, Office for Urbanization, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Charles Waldheim is a North American architect and urbanist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Waldheim’s research examines the relationships between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He is author, editor, and co-editor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. Waldheim is John E. Irving Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he directs the school’s Office for Urbanization. He also serves as the Ruettgers Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Waldheim is recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan; and the Cullinan Chair at Rice University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and the Bauhaus in Dessau.

Jie Yin, Ph.D., S.M., M.U.P.

Jie Yin is a Yerby Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an incoming Assistant Professor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. Dr. Yin’s research interests lie in the cross-disciplinary field of urban planning and environmental health. His work addresses how bringing natural elements and processes into built environments at different spatial scales affects human health and wellbeing. He developed a research platform to quantify the health impacts of biophilic design and nature contact by using virtual reality, eye-tracking, bio-monitoring sensors. Before coming to Harvard, he spent six years working on environmental planning and ecological design as a certified urban planner in China. He holds Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences and S.M. in Environmental Health from Harvard University and a M.Eng. degree in Urban Planning and Design from Tongji University.

Heather Greene, Principal, Commercial Studio, Stantec

Heather currently serves as Principal, Commercial Studio lead with Stantec I Detroit, a leading global design, architecture, and interior design firm. For the last sixteen years, she has worked to create human-centered, innovative interior design solutions that respond to user desires and the inherent qualities of space. Her diverse, award winning body of work spans multiple typologies with one singular goal to create spaces that improve the quality of the lives of the people who touch them. A goal that results in dynamic collaborations and solutions between even the most diverse stakeholders and project challenges.

Stantec’s commercial studio focuses on designing spaces of the highest quality for client’s in mixed use, commercial workplace, multifamily residential, retail, and building repositioning. Heather currently serves as a past president of CREW Detroit and is active within the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit and the Urban Land Institute.

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