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Bringing Biophilia to Life; The Benefits of Biophilic Design

In the wake of the global pandemic and with the increasing effects of climate change on the health of people and the environment, Biophilic Design might just be the answer we've been seeking!

Planetary health and human health are inextricably interrelated. No longer can we ignore our fundamental interconnections and continue to employ a band-aid solution to an internally inflamed wound. It's time to acknowledge our vast impact, and design for a better and more resilient future, rooted in collective knowledge and shared understanding and experiences.


One of the most profound and effective ways of doing so through the built environment is embodied by the principles of Biophilic Design. Biophilic Design stems from the Biophilia Hypothesis; the notion that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, as described by E.O. Wilson. Thus, Biophilic Design can be described as a scientifically-backed, and innately rooted concept, utilized through the built environment to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through various direct and indirect applications.


Research has shown that Biophilic Design has the power to reduce stress, improve health and well-being; both physically and psychologically, in addition to aiding in and accelerating healing, while simultaneously improving cognitive function and inspiring clarity and creativity. In the wake of the global pandemic and taking into account that approximately 56.61% of the world's population currently live in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050 (statistictimes), Biophilic Design is becoming an increasingly vital tool in enhancing in the built environment, and the spaces where we live, work, learn and play.


The practices of Biophilic Design can help us understand the ways in which our connection to Mother Earth and our sacred land can lead us to systemic regenerative change, holistic wellness and a deeper connection to the natural world. We are nature, we belong to nature and together we can co-create a world that works for all of humanity and all of Mother Earth’s life forces. Let’s work together to imagine a different world; one that embodies a true love of life!


Further Reading:

Kellert, Stephen R., Judith Heerwagen, and Martin Mador. (2011). Biophilic design: the theory, science and practice of bringing buildings to life. John Wiley & Sons.


Beatley, Timothy. (2011). Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning. Italy, Island Press.


Kellert, Stephen & Calabrese, Elizabeth. (2015). The Practice of Biophilic Design.


14 patterns of biophilic design. Terrapin Home - Terrapin Bright Green. (2014).



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