What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilia can be defined as an innate, deep and emotional connection to nature. Using this connection in design to benefit both people and the environment is becoming a growing trend in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and interior design on micro and macro scales.
Cityscapes uses live plants to strengthen this connection in areas where nature is sparse. This is especially important today as more and more buildings appear in Boston and other cities around the country and around the world. Traditionally, with urban expansion, many natural open spaces are lost, but designing with nature in mind will benefit us all in the end.
Today’s built environments can and quite often do cause stress. Most of the time the users of the space are unaware of these effects as a direct cause of their surroundings. Biophilic design is a solution to this issue, decreasing negative effects on people and nature alike, while facilitating the connection between the two. Architects and designers especially have a responsibility to recognize and utilize this deep-seated and innate connection, even as they begin to conceptualize new spaces.
Want a more efficient workplace? Design with nature in mind.
Contact with nature has been found to enhance recovery from illness and major surgery
People living in close proximity to open spaces report fewer health and social problems
Office settings with natural lighting, natural ventilation, live plants and other environmental features result in improved worker performance (up to a 15% increase in productivity), reduced stress, reduced absenteeism (up to 12%), reduced operational costs.
Plants also naturally clean the air and improve the humidity levels in building interiors.
Contact with nature has been linked to improved cognitive function on tasks requiring concentration and memory
Cityscapes can strengthen the biophilic connection in your space with interior plantscapes, exterior landscapes, living walls, and living art. Even the holiday décor we offer has beautiful natural elements that will lift your spirits whether you are aware of it or not. Contact us for a complimentary design assessment. We encourage you to learn more about the ‘biophilia hypothesis’ by clicking the links below and perhaps grabbing one of the fascinating works by Edward O. Wilson and Stephen Kellert.