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What is Biophilic Design?

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

“Biophilic Design is fast becoming one of the most important design considerations of this century.”

Biophilic design stems from biophilia, “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life,” and the inherent human inclination to positively interact with nature, a concept introduced in the 1980’s. Biophilic design is an innovative way of connecting humans with the natural environment. Individuals grow from childhood through interaction with nature as a way to learn about not only the world, but also themselves, and as a result, nature plays a major role in everyday life. Nature evokes human emotion, and if put in a situation where individuals are unable to affiliate with nature, humans often feel trapped and deprived. Therefore, the use of biophilic design seems to have a positive impact on one’s physical and mental health and well-being. 

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To create an aesthetically appealing and ecologically sound environment, the incorporation of biophilic design in places where people live, learn and work is extremely vital. The inclusion of plants, greenery and even just views of nature are fundamental. Offices and workplaces which include aspects of biophilic design result in more productive environments. Furthermore, healing results are displayed at hospitals where patients have the opportunity to interact with nature. Overall, green design creates healthy, productive habitats for individuals worldwide. 

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