The Third Bridging Nature and Life Meeting Has Been Organized
“Humans are increasingly alienated from nature as they drift away from their natural habitat”
Kastamonu Entegre hosted a conversation on “What is Natural?” at the third Bridging Nature and Life Meeting. Building Biology and Ecology Institute Founding Partner And Akman and researcher and author Itır Akdoğan participated in the event to discuss the interaction between humans and nature, and to emphasize the importance of creating natural living spaces.
Global wood-based panel brand Kastamonu Entegre organized the third edition of its Bridging Nature and Life Meetings at the KEAS Concept Studio and hosted Building Biology and Ecology Institute Founding Partner and Architect And Akman and researcher and author Itır Akdoğan. The conversation, which also included architects and interior architects, centered around the question “What is Natural?”
Loving what is natural and wanting to live in nature are two different things
Highlighting our struggle to define what is natural and our trajectory of moving further from nature the more crowded our living spaces become, And Akman adds, “Humans are increasingly alienated from nature as they drift away from their natural habitat. That is why humans shouldn't be severed from nature, their true habitat, even when they live in cities. Building a good life on natural architecture is only possible by spreading environmental awareness at the grassroots level and instilling a reflex to belong where one lives.”
Approaching the natural from a social point of view, Itır Akdoğan noted: “Loving what is natural and wanting to live in nature are two different things. Once you become accustomed to your comfort zone in the city, it is difficult to keep up with the cycle of nature. That’s why it’s crucial to remain connected to nature and its natural state.”
The composition of the materials used is just as important for human health as the overall look
The conversation proceeded with Akman’s statement that it is important for the materials used in architecture to be natural in quality as they are influential on human psychology and health. He further noted that seemingly identical materials can be fundamentally different under a microscope. Noting that the composition of the materials used is just as important for human health as the overall look, Akman said, stressing that raw materials that go into building materials must be natural. Underlining the importance of making natural materials accessible to everyone, Akdoğan added that living space is a value and it is only up to us to increase or decrease it.
The Bridging Nature and Life Meetings will continue to bring together architects, interior architects, and industry professionals under different themes until the end of the year.