Buildings are complex ecosystems
Part 1. TED Fellow Jessica Green: Are we
filtering the wrong microbes?
Part 2. TED Fellow Jessica Green:
We're covered in germs. Let's design for that.
'Buildings are complex ecosystems
that house trillions of diverse microorganisms
interacting with each other, with humans, and with their
environment. The vision of the
Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center,
located at the University of Oregon, is to develop
hypothesis-driven, evidence-based approaches to
understand the "built environment microbiome". We are
training a new generation of innovators and
practitioners at the architecture-biology interface. Our
goal is to optimize the design and operation of
buildings to promote both human health and environmental
In consideration of
Jessica Greens TEDtalk on
microbes in the environment and
Dr. Charles J.
Weschler, Healthy Buildings 2012 Plenary Lecture and
Broadcast on Epigentics, we can't help but wonder
what comes next in the relationship between the building
and health sciences.