Biophilia

Why We Hug the Edge of Open Spaces

The tenth and final installment of the Biophilia and Healing Environments series examines how human biology dictates the design of the physical settings we inhabit.

The tenth and final installment of the Biophilia and Healing Environments series examines how human biology dictates the design of the physical settings we inhabit.

The Importance of Listening to Lessons From Nature

The ninth installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series juxtaposes innovative form for its own sake with biophilic design.

The ninth installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series juxtaposes the focus on innovative form for its own sake with biophilic design.

Why Do We Create Ornament to Mimic Nature?

In the seventh installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series, we learn how ornament that is coherent with the rest of a structure helps connect people to their environment, and create a positive, healing atmosphere.

In the seventh installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series, we learn how ornament that is coherent with the rest of a structure helps connect people to their environment, and create a positive, healing atmosphere.

The Growing Demand for Spaces That Consider Our Health

The sixth installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series considers the inclusive, "bottom-up" biophilic design that is needed to sustain our health.

The sixth installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series considers the inclusive, “bottom-up” biophilic design that is needed to sustain our health.

Modern Architecture Tells an Incomplete Story

How architects ignored complex human responses to the built environment in their enthusiasm for the efficiencies of the industrial approach to placemaking.

The fourth installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series examines how architects ignored complex human responses to the built environment in their enthusiasm for the supposed mechanical efficiencies of the industrial approach to placemaking.

What Kind of Design Triggers Healing?

In the third installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series, designers face the task of better incorporating healing strategies into their work.

In the third installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series, designers face the task of better incorporating healing strategies into their work.

Why We Should Be Living in "Living" Houses

In the first installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series, the reasoning behind the human need to connect with living structures in our environments is examined.

In the first installment of the ten-part Biophilia and Healing Environments series, the reasoning behind the human need to connect with living structures in our environments is examined.

Ecomimicry: What Designers Can Learn From Evolutionary Science

As building green becomes more common, we must aspire to harmonize with nature and explore evolutionary science—ecomimicry is the end of that exploration.

We all know the story of Charles Darwin. He took a tour of the Galápagos Island, conceived his brilliant idea about evolution, spent the next few decades working out the details, nearly got swiped by a young startup, raced to finalize his book on the topic, and in 1859 published On the Origin of Species, forever changing our understanding of…

The Prescience of Richard Neutra’s Theory of “Biorealism”

The architect's writings on the topic—of human survival, in general—seem more than a little relevant half a century later.

Illustration: “Nature Near” Joseph G. Brin © 2012 Talk about biophilia, biomimicry, or biodiversity and another “bio” comes to mind—that of late architect Richard Neutra. He himself coined the term “biorealism” to connote “the inherent and inseparable relationship between man and nature.” Neutra, who was famous nearly all his life, passed away in 1970. His time has come again. We now…