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What is Biophilia?

What is Biophilia?

  • Biophilia is the attraction to nature all humans have – our genetic connection to the natural world. This has built up over hundreds of thousands of years living in agricultural settings. 
  • The term popularized by American biologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980’s. He observed how increasing rates of urbanisation led to a disconnect with the natural world. 
  • Biophilic Design uses these ideas as principles to create a human centred approach. When applied this helps to  improve the spaces that we live and work in. Also bringing numerous benefits to our health and well-being.
    Indoor planting to create the biophilic effect.
    • Incorporating elements of nature into the built environment is proven through research to reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates. Including plants increases productivity, creativity along with self reported rates of well-being. 

  • What are the benefits?

    • Office design: Firstly productivity can be increased by 8%, secondly rates of well-being up by 13%, thirdly increases in creativity, finally with reduced absenteeism & presenteeism.
    • Hospitality design: Guests are willing to pay 23% more for rooms with views of Biophilic elements. 
    • Education spaces: Increased rates of learning by 20-25%. Improving test results, concentration levels and attendance.
    • Healthcare spaces: Post-operative recovery times decreased by 8.5% moreover reducing pain medication by 22%.
    • Retail: The presence of vegetation & landscaping is found to increase average rental rates on retail spaces. Customers also indicated they are willing to pay 8-12 % more for goods & services. 

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