Biophilic Design Theory
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Biophilic Design Theory book
Humans have evolved with nature and therefore have an innate preference for being with other living things, including plants and animals. To illustrate how designers can better engage with this theoretical concept, our discussion of biophilic design details three international examples at very different scales – from biophilic urbanism throughout Singapore to the biophilic design of hospitals and pedestrian bridges. Closely linked to biophilia is attention restoration theory and related research that substantiates the importance of access to nature in today’s fast-paced, over-stimulating urban environment. This chapter synthesizes key research findings which show nature to be truly healing, with the presence of nature linked to reductions in crime rates, domestic violence, the duration of hospital stays and the amount of medicine patients need.