Redefining the Practice of Biophilic Design: Linking the Gaps

Genell Ebbini, Sonja Bochart

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Biophilic design elements are at the forefront of the industry and are emerging as a pivotal theme in interior design. Research demonstrates measurable results in improved human health and wellbeing by connecting people to nature through biophilic design elements and patterns which require designers to develop complex problem-solving skills. As the industry adopts biophilic design, significant gaps of biophilia elements and design strategies are evident. A preliminary study indicates that incorporating the principles of biophilic design is a challenge for many practitioners and solutions do not align with biophilic principles in an effective, authentic, and holistic manner. The purpose of this body of research is the identification of gaps between education and practice. A conceptual framework model was developed as an attempt to close the gap that integrates dimensions of biophilia, linking design education and practice. The framework is to build capacities based on foundations of theories, tested educational models, and strategies for future research. The implications of this work for future research and design education are promising and provide effective tools for building critical and analytical thought processes. There is a significant body of evidence-based research existing on the topic of biophilic design, and both human and ecological health and wellbeing. Biophilic design is promising; primarily the psychosocial importance of forging connections between nature, people, and the built environment. This body of research challenges industry precedents by redefining the practice of biophilic design in creating interiors that are responsive and healthy using evidence-based design and biophilic design elements.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018


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