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Biophilic architecture: a review of the rationale and outcomes

Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Bentley, Australia

Special Issue: Urban Greening for Low Carbon Cities

Contemporary cities have high stress levels, mental health issues, high crime levels and ill health, while the built environment shows increasing problems with urban heat island effects and air and water pollution. Emerging from these concerns is a new set of design principles and practices where nature needs to play a bigger part called “biophilic architecture”. This design approach asserts that humans have an innate connection with nature that can assist to make buildings and cities more effective human abodes. This paper examines the evidence for this innate human psychological and physiological link to nature and then assesses the emerging research supporting the multiple social, environmental and economic benefits of biophilic architecture.
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Keywords biophilia; biophilic design; urban heat island; stress reduction; productivity; air quality; cities; green roofs; living walls

Citation: Jana Söderlund, Peter Newman. Biophilic architecture: a review of the rationale and outcomes. AIMS Environmental Science, 2015, 2(4): 950-969. doi: 10.3934/environsci.2015.4.950

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