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Biophilic Design

Benefits of Biophilic Design  design across all of the building industry is realized through  the three bottom line;  

Social benefits: include enhanced occupant comfort and well- being, variable neighborhoods, improve overall quality of life.

Environmental benefits: include enhanced and protect biodiversity and ecosystems, improved air and water quality, conserve natural resources, reduced ozone depletion.  

Economic benefits: reduced operating costs, improve occupant productivity, optimize life cycle economic performance, and competitive advantage.  

Elements of Biophilic Design

is also about the use of materials obtained from nature – a tree converted to timber, then used as building material for walls, floors and furnishings; or, stone mined in a quarry used as a building façade, a lobby or a counter top.  The use of natural materials can make buildings more functional and beautiful, creating feelings of connection to the natural world.

More subtly, biophilic design can be accomplished by bringing the forms and patterns of nature into a building.  For example, we encounter ornamentation reminiscent of vines rising on tree-like columns that support a rooftop.  Or, we might experience building interiors that convey a feeling of spaciousness and the motion of natural light, as sometimes occurs in great cathedrals or even modern airports.

Biophilic design can also convey the feeling of connection to places through designs that link people to certain landscapes or cultural traditions.

Biophilic design

strategies can occur singly or in combination – for example, a building of stone and wood, flooded with daylight, an interior atrium filled with plants, and decorations that mimic natural forms, all within an open yet secure space.  We will explore these different elements of biophilic design in both historic and modern buildings and communities.

Biophilic design
Involve direct, indirect and more subtle ways of connecting people to nature.  In a single location, like The Thai Buddhist Temple Chicago IL. Many biophilic design elements has been included, layered upon one another. Even a scene this replete with biophilic design attributes cannot reflect the full range of strategies available to connect people with nature through architecture.
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benefit people’s health and productivity. A growing body of evidence is beginning to reveal the positive affects of biophilic design, including enhanced learning, recovery from illness, improved work performance, and more livable and satisfying neighborhoods.  We will now examine how buildings and communities can improve people’s lives by connecting them to nature.


Important healthcare research is starting to show how biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance healing, and improve hospital performance.

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