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Holistic Power of Nature for 2021

Holistic Power of Nature for 2021

THE HOLISTIC POWER OF NATURE.  

WHAT IS BIOPHILIA? 

By Johanne Morin, LEED AP, ASID, IIDA 

Biophilic Design is a new innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, learn, and play. We need  nature in a deep and fundamental fashion to survive and thrive. The goal of Biophilic Design is reconnecting us to  the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. Biophilic Design points the way  toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans. The intent is to introduce natures’ elements  into a space to reduce stress, enhance creativity, innovations, and clarity of thought. Humans have a psychological  need to be around living things and Biophilic Design focuses on this dynamic and creative symbiosis. 

Did you know? 

“Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder. But when we see beauty—whether in a glorious sunset, a majestic  mountain, an inspired building, or a fellow human being—we know it. Visual beauty is tangible.” “Nature and beauty are inseparable—and humans are part of it” 

“Research has shown that humans have an innate love of and need for nature,” says Jason McLennan, CEO of  the International Living Future Institute and the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s  most progressive and stringent green building program. “Our ‘biophilia,’ according to studies, is hard-wired,” he  

says. “We naturally seek out environments where nature is present and react negatively to environments that are  sterile, cold, and without any connection to nature.” 

Reference: “What Does Beautiful Thinking Mean? Jean Nayar November 16, 2015” for INTERFACE 

Some notions of Biophilic Design and how you can apply to your environment. Visual Connection with Nature 

Stimulating views to elements of nature, living systems and natural processes, such as a window with a garden or sea view, potted  plants, flower beds, courtyard gardens, green walls and green roofs. 

Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli 

The rich sensory stimuli of nature in consistent, yet unpredictable, motion, such as the gentle sway of grasses in a breeze or ripples  on water. 

Presence of Water 

To see, hear or touch it. 

Dynamic & Diffuse Light 

Clever use of light and shadow to mimic the lighting conditions or circadian processes occurring in nature. Connection with Natural Systems 

An awareness or proximity to natural processes, such as seasonal changes, reminding us of the process of healthy ecosystems. Biomorphic Forms & Patterns 

Symbolic representations within the design of the patterns, shapes, textures or numerical arrangements found in nature. Thermal & Airflow Variability 

The subtle changes in air and surface temperature, humidity and airflow across the skin that mimic natural environments. Material Connection with Nature 

Using materials, grains, textures and elements in design that distinctly reflects the natural environment to create an overarching  sense of the natural world. 

A few visual inspirations of Biophilic Design.

 

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