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Changing the dream of the modern world
Biophilic Design offers an opportunity to redress the way we relate to the natural and built environments. It represents a fundamental shift in consciousness towards a love of nature versus the exploitation and commodification of nature for profit. Biophilic design strives to create a built environment that increases biodiversity and our connection with nature not just as an image or an idea on a piece of paper to be sold. Biophilic Design recognizes both the benefits for the nature that surrounds us as well as the internal benefits that direct contact with nature and natural elements has on our minds, bodies and spirits.
"It is a question practically of relationship. We must get back in relation, vivid and nourishing relation to the cosmos and the universe. For the truth is we are perishing, for lack of fulfillment of our greater needs...Vitally the human race is dying, it is like a great uprooted tree with its roots in the air; we must plant ourselves again in the universe." DH Lawrence
It is common sense, it is our birthright: that when human beings have a connection with our natural surroundings, sunlight, with plants and trees and water, the landscape; the verifiable impact and results are reduced levels of stress, we perform better at our workplaces and we heal faster in our hospitals and not only this - we begin to redress the imbalace of a civilization in contradiction and within ourselves.
Sustainable design and new material and construction technolgies have made massive leaps of progress recently towards avoiding pollution, eliminating chemical toxins, minimizing waste, increasing energy efficientcy, decreasing water and other resouce use, mitigating adverse ecological impacts and reducing carbon immissions. Biophilic design incorporates these advancements and takes things further.
Research + Design recommend the Half Earth Project and the scientist and environmental activist EO Wilson who first wrote about biodiversity and biophilic design. For further information on both visit:
Research + Design also recommend Bioneers. Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.
Another recommendation is for the Pachamama Alliance. The vision that informs the Pachamama Alliance’s work is of a world that works for everyone: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet—a New Dream for humanity.