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How Research + Design define Biophilic Design
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you"
Frank Lloyd Wright from "The Wright Style" Carla Lind 1992
Research and Design believe architecture is primal - for the spirit and inextricably tied to the landscape and nature that surrounds it. All projects that Research + Design carry out are biophilic to some degree. Simply put, biophilic design endeavours to do its best in two areas. First to protect and enhance nature and biodiversity wherever a project is being built and second, to increase human well being through a better connection with nature and our surroundings. We believe this approach is essential for our physical well being, our spirtual well being, and for the present and future well being of the planet.This approach has different outcomes for different projects. Sometimes affordable and typical modern rendered cavity construction can be specified other times passive haus detailing, green roofs, hempcrete or traditional cob or earth wall technolgies are utilized. For Research and Design these two tenants of biophilic design can be achieved on any budget to any measure of quality and to any time frame.
"We are living in a disappearing world"
Recent research has revealed the world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, yet have caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, while pets and livestock abound.The major cause of wildlife decline (68%) is habitat degradation and habitat exploitation carried out by human beings.
Loss of habitat through the rapacious industrialization and development of our natural environment is the primary cause of what many are calling a 6th Extinction Event. Some would say we live in a civilization that is in contradiction with life itself. A civilization hard wired to exploit the earth, and to divide people and to destroy the environment.
Historically, the vast majority of the architectural profession has supported this "business as usual" system through willfully producing image based designs that capture our imagination but destroy the reality of our natural environment in the process. Since the 1950s the majority of the profession and its institutions have failed in their most basic tenant - to create a better world.
Profession. To profess a faith or belief in service to the community and the environment. Not many "Professionals" in our culture achieve this. The accelerating rate of mass extinction, loss of biodiversity and environmental destruction (business as usual) continues.
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