- What does the term "biophilia" mean?
- What is Biophilia and Biophilic Design?
- Why is biophilic design so popular these days?
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Taking care of nature has never been more important than it is today. We spend more and more time at work and then come home tired. Where and how can we recharge our batteries when we have so drastically distanced ourselves from nature. We no longer live in harmony with nature. This is nothing new, but what can we actually do about it? The current trends in recent years reflect the human need to restore balance and feel close to nature again. Because that's how we've lived for hundreds of thousands of years, always having a genetic connection with the wild. It is precisely this connection that the new trend “biophilia” aims to recreate. Find out what this trend actually represents and what are its he alth benefits for ourselves below…
What does the term "biophilia" mean?
Biophilic design and the role of nature in our everyday life today
What is Biophilia and Biophilic Design?
Biophilia (i.e. love of nature) focuses on man's innate attraction to nature and natural processes.
The American biologist Edward O. Wilson popularized this term in the 1980s when he observed how increasing urbanization was leading to a disconnect from nature. With high migration rates to the cities of the developed world, biophilia is of increasing importance to our he alth and well-being in the built environment.
How we can reconnect with nature
Biophilic Design uses these ideas as principles to design your own living space in such a way that the contact between people and nature can be restored in the urban environment. In other words, it's about our own innate need to reconnect with nature through the creation of natural spaces.
The goal: to integrate as many natural elements as possible into the big city
The philosophy of biophilia has led to a certain renaissance in the construction and architecture industries. However, biophilic design must be implemented correctly. Understanding how people respond to nature and how to support such positive experiences in urban areas is essential to shaping a he althy and vibrant society.
Green plants bring harmony and positive energy into your home
Below we have compiled the most important core characteristics of biophilia:
- variety of indoor plants
- with landscape views
- Blurring the lines between inside and outside
- dynamic and diffused light
- natural fragrances
- Proximity to water
- Use of natural and local materials
- Protection and Privacy
Biophilic design plays an increasingly important role in our lives
Why is biophilic design so popular these days?
The integration of nature and natural elements into the built environment - known as biophilic design - has been shown to reduce stress, enhance cognitive function and creativity, and accelerate healing.
Hanging plants create a creative and fresh atmosphere
The World He alth Organization predicts that stress-related diseases such as mental disorders and cardiovascular diseases will cause more and more deaths in the near future. With a diminished connection to nature, increasing pressure and sophisticated technology, we have fewer opportunities to reclaim our mental and physical energy.
Recharge energy from nature!
Because biophilic design has the potential to reduce stress, increase alertness and promote focus, it is ideal for certain workplaces. Businesses can reduce the negative impact of sterile workspaces and actually improve their environment by incorporating a variety of biophilic features (like green walls, plants, wood, or stone). These biophilic elements effectively create a positive response, as if humans are in the midst of nature. This has been shown to reduce stress at work. At the same time it increases productivity, creativity and that Wellbeing.
In the workplace you need fresh energy the most to be productive
Green wall decoration - an excellent idea for the office
Famous companies that are at the forefront of workplace design like Apple, Google and Amazon are actually investing in Biophilic Design.
Here are some of the key benefits of biophilic design in the workplace:
- Less staff absenteeism
- Improved He alth
- Increased mood and well-being
- Improved Productivity
- Increased Employee Engagement
- Reduced Stress Levels
- Mental Restoration and Reduced Fatigue
Oversized plant wall in conference room helps make smart decisions easier
Although biophilia is still a philosophical idea at its core, there are tangible, real-world benefits that make the process of building, designing and decorating buildings around these principles worthwhile for businesses.
Biophilia, and biophilic design in particular, is only expected to gain increasing popularity over the next decade. The philosophy has already reached a new level in recent years. However, there is still plenty of room for growth as biophilia and biophilic design can expand beyond interior design and architecture into new areas such as building operations and property management.
Get inspired by these fresh examples of biophilic design
Biophilia means "love of the living"