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Using biophilic design to create spaces that support health and wellness

November 23, 2020

By Heather Greene

Heather Greene shares with Prism magazine how biophilic design can shift the energy of a workspace and provide health and wellness benefits

One of the greatest achievements of design is the ability to positively impact someone’s everyday life. With 90 percent of our time spent indoors, designing for holistic wellness can impact physical, cognitive, and social emotional health—something that is increasingly important in our world. Biophilic design is one tool we have to create spaces that will positively impact wellness in those who inhabit it.

Biophilic design, or biophilia, refers to humans’ innate desire to be connected to nature. Coined in the 1980’s, the design industry has leveraged it in healing environments, but rarely implemented it thoughtfully and at large scale in other built environments. Stantec recently sponsored a research project to identify the impact biophilic design has on holistic wellbeing with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, directly measuring physiological, emotional, and cognitive wellness. Our study results show that by leveraging these patterns of biophilia we can create a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. In total there are fourteen patterns broken out in three main categories that focus on nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues. Many are easy to implement if programmed early into the design process and offer the ability to create truly immersive experiences.

Read full article in Prism magazine.

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