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Biophilia is predicted to be the leading trend in the design industry in the new year, and the idea of biophilic cities is on the rise as well.

The same way rooms with biophilic décor have been shown to reduce stress and boost someone’s mood, a biophilic city has the infrastructure in place to provide those benefits throughout it. The advantages of biophilic cities aren’t exclusive to their residents, either. In a recent podcast appearance, Stephen Richardson, the European director of the World Green Building Council noted their sustainability as well.

“It’s also about the environmental impacts of those materials, we’re not just thinking about health and wellbeing,” he said. “And we need to choose materials that are contributing to climate change positively.”

For more on the rise of biophilic city landscapes, click here.

Click here for a related previous post on biophilic living and cities.