Biophilic Design: A Human-Centric Approach to the Built Environment

Biophilia is the philosophy that as humans, we have an intrinsic attraction to the natural environment. We are hard-wired to prefer natural settings. Yet, in our rapidly urbanizing world, people spend an average of 90% of their time indoors in the built environment. This abundance of time spent in an environment devoid of nature can be detrimental to human-health, productivity, and well-being.

Biophilic design is a proven effective intervention strategy to mitigate, and even reverse, the negative impacts of spending too much time indoors disconnected from nature.

Studies have shown that integrating biophilic design elements to interiors can reduce stress, blood pressure and heart-rates – while enhancing creativity, clarity of thought, productivity, and overall well-being.

In this report, MKDA’s Sustainability Strategist Sydney Glenn outlines the core principles of biophilic design and how to integrate these elements into workplace designs. Click here to view the report and learn more!