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Microbes: 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 sustainability.'

In consideration of Dr Jessica Greens TEDtalk on microbes in the environment and Dr. Charles J. Weschler, Healthy Buildings 2012 Plenary Lecture and the PBS NOVA Broadcast on Epigentics, we can't help but wonder what comes next in the relationship between the building and health sciences.


TED Fellow Jessica Green: Are we filtering the wrong microbes?
"Should we keep the outdoors out of hospitals? Ecologist and TED Fellow Jessica Green has found that mechanical ventilation does get rid of many types of microbes, but the wrong kinds: the ones left in the hospital are much more likely to be pathogens."

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About Jessica Green: Jessica has extensive interdisciplinary training as both an engineer (civil, environmental, and nuclear) and a biologist. After cycling across Alaska with her dog and working as a ski lift operator, she got her PhD in nuclear engineering studying the fractal geometry of engineered and natural systems. For the past decade she has researched microbial systems in a variety of habitats including the arctic, the tropics, the ocean, the atmosphere, and the urban sphere. She was founding faculty at UC Merced, the tenth and newest campus of the University of California system. She is currently a professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute, and the founding director of an innovative new Center for Biology and the Built Environment that bridges biology and architecture. Jessica collaborates with artists and designers to explore and convey key concepts about microorganisms to their human hosts.

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