Biophilic Design: Creating Nature-Inspired Spaces

“Welcome to biophilia, the love for nature in all her manifestations, from the tiniest organism to the greatest red giant floating in the farthest realm of the universe. With biophilia comes a restless curiosity, an urge to investigate and discover the elusive places where we meet nature, where she plays on our senses with colours and forms, perfumes and smells.” – Sir David Attenborough

In recent years, biophilic design has received widespread attention in school architecture in response to the substantial reductions in opportunities for most students, especially in densely populated areas, to have contact with high-quality natural environments. Much research has shown spending time in nature has positive psychological and physiological effects.

Biophilic design suggests that incorporating characteristics that are rich in nature and nature-inspired features into the physical learning environment can have similar positive impacts on students’ well-being. Despite all the research and findings demonstrating the need for a strong connection with students and nature, it remains a challenge for most school districts to incorporate natural outdoor spaces in their programs.

Today’s common habitat is largely a built environment where we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. Biophilic design in schools is now a necessity.

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