Latest articles on the wonders of utilising Biophilic Design in the built environment

barry wark imagines an 'urban cliff' of growing plants for glasgow school of art extension

02 Jul 2020

“with a proposal inspired by scottish castles and biophilic design, barry wark shares his idea of how to rebuild glasgow school of art. originally designed by charles rennie macintosh, the art nouveau building was first built between 1897 and 1909. serving as a renowned art and architecture school for decades, the structure was severely damaged during fires in both 2014 and 2018. ”...

Do we really understand the way the built form affects the brain?

08 Jun 2020

“As our understanding of the human body and its internal mechanisms continues to grow, it is now possible to prove the body's own healing capacity through the use and release of neurochemicals from transmitters in the brain. Through this process the body can reduce pain, enhance mood, calm emotion and even improve its immune response (Sternberg 2013)”...

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"Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature.

 

The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.

 

Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life.

 

Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans."

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