Why Does Biophilic Design Matter?

Imagine laying outside, the sun radiating onto your skin with a pina colada (or your favorite drink) in your hand on an 88-degree tropical island. Then, you realize you’re sitting at your desk with a lack of natural light, air, and plants. On average Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, which can become a tool for one’s mental state. Interacting with the outdoors is vital for one’s wellbeing. We are currently in an unfortunate situation limiting us to human interaction now, more than ever, health & wellness is a crucial subject in the Design industry.

What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic design is creating a space that increases the user’s connectedness to the natural world through the use of direct and indirect nature. (Direct nature: plants, natural light, natural landscapes) (Indirect nature: natural materials, neutral colors, images of nature).

Biophilic design is creating space that increases the user’s connectedness to the natural world.

Why is biophilic design such a notable topic in the design industry?

Businesses are evolving, looking for ways to incorporate health and wellness while seeking to create better habits for their users. Which means designers are encouraged to continue educating themselves and learning new ways to incorporate green building. Designers have an immense role in eliminating negative components that influence the climate and one’s health. There’s a few certifications your building can go through, WELL is a performance-based that monitors the elements of the building’s environment which impacts human health and wellbeing. COVID-19 has forever changed our lives and made us more aware of our health and wellbeing. I hate to get too pandemic focused, but honestly right now, with so much change up in the air, everything else is irrelevant until we know more post-pandemic.

Benefits of Biophilia

There are plenty of benefits of biophilic design first off, it is pretty who does not enjoy nature? It is inherent for human beings to be surrounded by nature.

• Can help productivity by 8% in an office space
• Increases creativity by 13%
• Stress reduction
• Increases cognitive performance
• Positively improves attitude and overall mood

It is inherent for human beings to be surrounded by nature.

How to implement Biophilic elements in the workplace

Using sustainable materials can be beneficial in an office space, designing a space that we are consciously choosing materials can help reduce our carbon footprint, positively impacting the environment. Properly understanding the outcome goal can help decide what biophilic elements should be implemented in a space.
• Incorporating recycled materials
• Air quality and ventilation
• Improve natural light and artificial lighting
• Acoustic comfort
• Natural materials and textures
• Colors
• Vegetation
• Waterfalls

Businesses are evolving, looking for ways to incorporate health and wellness while seeking to create better habits for their users.

References:

Ryan, C., Browning, W., Clancy, J., Andrews, S., & Kallianpurkar, N. (2014). BIOPHILIC DESIGN PATTERNS Emerging Nature-Based Parameters for Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment.

https://earthwise.education/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Biophilicdesign-patterns.pdf

14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. (2014, September 12). Retrieved June 24, 2020, from https://www.terrapinbrightgreen.com/reports/14-patterns

O. (2019, June 25). Biophilic Design – connecting with nature to improve health & well being. Retrieved June 24, 2020, from https://www.oliverheath.com/biophilic-design-connecting-nature-improve-health-well/

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