17 Nov Biophilic Design: In Search for Natural Connection
We’re immersed in a somehow desperate search for a return to our origins. Among sustainable initiatives, healthier diets, alternative transportation and even ecotourism, it’s becoming clear that we are lacking a fundamental connection with nature and we’re continuously trying to reestablish it. One of the key aspects in this search are the spaces where we live. Nowadays, a great part of our daily lives is held in buildings of different sorts: how can this be reconciled with the need for a natural connection? Biophilic design is an attempt to solve this issue.
Biophilic design is an attempt to connect the inherent human need to connect with nature even in the modern urban environments where we live nowadays. The fundamental objective is to create healthier habitats for human beings, where the routine flows in a natural way and our senses are nurtured and soothed. This goes way beyond just having a few plants in your living room: for true biophilic design there must be a deeper understanding of the implications and needs of natural connection.
Architecture faces a complex challenge when it comes to bringing constructions and nature together, which has resulted in truly fascinating creations. From hospitals and health centers to schools and cultural venues, there are many amazing buildings throughout the world that have managed to achieve the best biophilic creations. What all of these projects have in common is a profound consciousness: these spaces must dialogue with nature, not invade it, and all of them have realized that humans are part of nature as well.
Biophilic design has proven to increase productivity, creativity and enhance learning processes. It also contributes to both physical and mental health. By honoring this connection with nature, these buildings do not only contribute to society’s well-being, they also look towards a brighter, healthier and more sustainable future for urban development. Biophilic design can be a truly important step towards more resilient cities for all. WE RECOMMEND YOU TO READ Exploring Glamping’s Horizons
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- Caitlin Hillis, “Biophilic design: What is it? Why does it matter? And how do we use it?”, BDC Network, https://www.bdcnetwork.com/blog/biophilic-design-what-it-why-it-matters-and-how-do-we-use-it
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