Biophilic design: an introduction for designers

Tuhoe-Te Uru TaumatuaThis note highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that can help develop relevant capabilities within practices to create environments that truly connect people to nature. The note explains ‘what is’ and ‘what is not’ biophilic design to assist in removing ambiguity in this area and provide tangible principles. The note also explores case studies from the Asia-Pacific region: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, Australia; Te Kura Whare community centre, New Zealand and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore that have successfully integrated aspects of biophilic design to assist readers in visualising and recognising truly biophilic environments.

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note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Biophilic design: definition, background and benefits
  3. Myth-busters
  4. Case studies
  5. Conclusion