Biophilic Design – Designing For Life
Creating rich and healthy environments for people through the inspiration of natural settings.
For decades, Biophilic Design has been talked about, utilized, misunderstood, and changing the lives of patients, students, employees, and families around the world when their new, man made, built natural environment adopts a Biophilic mindset. Biophilic Design bridges the gap between our innate desire to engage with nature and the built habitats we now call our homes, offices, hospitals, and schools.
While some building guides are used to enhance natural impact such as LEED, they focus more on conservation. Biophilic Design focuses on using nature as the design.
What is Biophilic Design?
In short, Biophilic Design has a focus on transforming the designs of built environments where we often engage such as offices, schools, healthcare facilities, and home, in an attempt to translate inspirations, features, and qualities of natural settings.
Today, our natural settings ,where we spend almost all of our time, is a built environment. Biophilic design is geared towards satisfying our need to affiliate with nature within these engineered spaces.
The modern cities we’ve built, live in, work in, both degrade the environment and remove us from nature. People have an inherent desire to connect with nature due to we as people having developed in a largely natural world. Not a world of florescent lights, beige buildings, and artificial construction.
We depend on a contact with nature. It is ingrained, hardwired, it’s in our DNA. Our emotional, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and constructive abilities are learned in close association with natural environments and are important to personal health, happiness, and productivity.
Summarized in Kellert 2005, scientific studies have found that contact with nature enhances healing and recovery from illness and major surgical procedures including direct contact such as direct daylight and vegetation as well as representation through shapes and imagery.
Also found is that people living near or in open spaces report fewer heath and social issues such as enhanced coping and adaptive behavior.
Office settings with natural light and ventilation along with other environmental features results in improved performance like concentration and memory, lower stress, and more motivation.
In communities, people report superior quality of life, better neighborliness, and a stronger sense of community.
With Biophilic Design, we can create communities, spaces, environments, and buildings where people heal faster, test scores are higher, and people are more productive, healthy, and happy.