Importance of Biophilic Design | August 2021
There is a popular Chinese saying which translates as, “A crisis is also a turning point.”
Our evolutionary mechanism to contribute and care as a collective for a community,has been a learning pattern that is derived from the natural environment. Right from the origins of architecture to witnessing the most celebrated glamorous buildings, there is always a never-ending search for the architecture of life. The 2020 global pandemic crisis largely increased the use of sustainability practices leading to ways for improving human well-being and adaptation of biophilic design would further augment it.
Biophilia is the human tendency to interact with life in nature. A biophilic design incorporates nature into the built environment, enabling interaction between human and natural habitat.The biophilic approach helps in reconnecting with the natural surroundings and creating healthy habitats for contemporary life. However, this idea of Biophilia is still at its infancy and one needs to keep developing simple, yet effective ways to adapt this system. To start by designing visual connections with nature through the presence of natural elements such as plants or the mild moving breeze. Responsiveness to stimuli provokes natural reactions; Using our senses, we tend to be more ‘sense’-itive towards experiencing positive references to nature, even through a non-visual association.
We can make these sensory stimuli also get generated in a non-rhythmic pattern by having short-term connections with nature. For instance, sneak peek into seeing clouds move gently or a spot where you could see and hear the leaves rustling down,truly a vibrant and joyous experience of its kind. To still delve into nature and its very character, we can create spaces that have different thermal and airflow variability where transiting from any small or big space feels like a walk-through in a different season. Thus, building different scales of strategies is the key towards creating a healthier and more productive environment.
The contemporary, mechanistic and sterile world has fostered an increase in the creation of an abstract human being. To have no real contact with nature; people continue to be in their own personalized bubble and build a non-interactive world for themselves. It is our responsibility to humanise people and their perspectives through a daily dose of nature!