Paper introduces benefits of biophilic design

UK landscape architect co-authors paper on biophilic design

Landscape architect Joe Clancy, from the Birmingham office of Pegasus Planning Group, has co-authored a paper on biophilic design patterns for Terrapin Bright Green, the US-based sustainable design consultancy.

Aimed at landscape architects, architects, interior architects and other built environment professionals, ‘14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment’ can be downloaded downloaded.

‘I have been carrying out self-led research into the topic of biophilic design over the past couple of years,’ Joe says, ‘and this has fed into my current masters’ dissertation, which aims to identify current opportunities and constraints for biophilic design in UK landscape architecture.’

Biophilic design is based on EO Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis, he adds, ‘which states that humanity has a deep-seated affinity to interact with natural environments and stimuli, which is in part evolutionary and also learnt’.  The aim of biophilic design is to restore natural stimuli to the built environment to increase the health and well-being of individuals, by lowering stress, blood pressure and improving mood and cognitive performance.

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