Many architects are turning to biophilic design for the wellness benefits it can bring to their developments.
“Research shows that people in hospitals who had views of nature had shorter hospital stays, faster healing times, and required less pain medication,” Dr. Gail Brager, a professor of architecture and associate director of the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkley. “And there are studies that have shown that connection to nature can lead to lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and increased positive emotional states.”
Like everyone else, Brager has been working from home during the pandemic, during which she realized how biophilic design can engage your senses in a space.
“Biophilic design is about connecting our love of nature to our affinity for variability in our environment,” she explained. This can be done by taking advantage of the natural sunlight a room gets, brightening a room with colorful flowers or finding pillows and blankets with organic textures to engage your senses.
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