Nurture Nature with Biophilic Design

July 11, 2018 12:11 pm

Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature.

Biophilic Design, an extension of biophilia, incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment. Based on neuroscience, environmental psychology, and endocrinology, biophilic design integrates elements of nature into architecture and urban planning projects.

This is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in
the puzzle of sustainable development.

Biophilic design has quantifiable health and wellbeing benefits that result in financial savings through higher worker productivity and retention rates, improved student test scores, increased real estate values, and faster patient recovery rates. Leading the way towards creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

Margaret Burchett’s study shows that plants reduced stress by as much as 50%. Her psychological survey shows reductions in negative mood states:

Depression – 58%, Overall stress – 50%, Anxiety – 37%, Fatigue – 38%, Confusion – 30%, Overall negativity – 65%, Anger – 44%

It provides a distinct advantage over conventional design practices by recognising the scientific evidence connecting human biology and high performance design.

Biophilic designed buildings aim to connect people and nature – creating hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbours and families thrive.

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