Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing positive spaces where we live, work, and learn.
Introducing a powerful solution:
Biophilia and Biophilic Design have recently become the new buzzwords in the design of the urban environment. First coined by Eric From a social psychologist in 1964 it came to prominence when E O Wilson, a Harvard Biologist, in 1980s described biophilia as “humans innate desire to connect with the natural environment.” Its literal translation is ‘a love of nature”.
We have changed our natural habitat to that of one which both degrades the environment and alienates us from nature. Yet we have an intrinsic and genetic connection to the natural world built up through thousands of years of living in natural settings.
Research has shown that by incorporating elements of nature into interior spaces stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates can be significantly reduced.
Biophilic design aims to reconnect people inhabiting the modern built environment with the natural world. For the employer, introducing biophilic design into the workplace will improve the psychological and physical health of employees, leading to higher productivity, increased profits and a better overall working environment. Imagine a world where patients heal faster in hospitals, where school children’s test scores are higher, where offices workers are more productive, and communities thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.
‘In order to thrive, humans should be surrounded by nature and the lack of nature causes suffering’.
This is hardly a new concept – but what we have known instinctively now has scientific proof.