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Building Performance
Sustainable Building

Life-Centered Design - Self Study

Carol Venolia • Last updated 02/2021

4.6/5 (view ratings)
295 students
1 module
1:01 hours
6 assignments

Course description

There’s more to ecological building than doing less harm. Enroll today and learn the ten things we human organisms crave from our surroundings so that you can create built environments that bring us back into harmony with the rest of nature – a crucial step in reviving the biosphere.

Learn how to utilize the following in built environments:
-Dark nights (and moonlight)
-Fresh air
-Thermal comfort
-Other critters
-Sensory nutrition

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Life-Centered Design

In this module, you'll watch the lecture video and check out a couple of supplementary resources.

  • READ: Course Learning Objectives (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Presentation Slides (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Life-Centered Design (61:30) (01:01:29 hours)


Carol Venolia

Architect and Domestic Nature Goddess, Come Home to Nature

In my quest to understand how to have the best of nature and indoor living, I became an architect and spent over twenty years designing homes that nurture people and the planet via natural lighting, heating, and cooling and the joys of garden rooms. I also brought my insights to a wider audience by writing two books: Healing Environments: Your Guide to Indoor... Learn more


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by kevin krupa 03/19/2020

A must see!

by Ashley Kucko 03/18/2020

This course has much information about incorporating the natural world into our building design.

by Susana Neto 12/30/2019

Would recommend this course to people that are interested in the holistic approach to living close to nature.

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