Biophilic Urban Living

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces

Cities around the world are increasingly booming and expanding. According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living within urban environments by 2050. However, as we relocate to the city, we are becoming more and more distant from from nature. We might think that we have everything we need living in a city, however, a lack of access to nature can actually have a negative impact on our health and well-being (which is clearly the most important thing, right?)

Research dating back to the 80’s has demonstrated that our health and well-being can be improved when we come into contact with nature and natural living processes. With improved health and well-being, we can become more resilient from the stresses and strains that arise within our everyday routines living in a city. Thus, it is important as architects and designers to consider our future cities and mega-cities and aim to bring elements of nature back into our built environment so we can maintain a healthier and happier lifestyle.

From high rise towers to apartment blocks, biophilia can be incorporated into architectural design in a variety of ways, to help improve and maintain our mental and physical health. Urban housing with incorporated greenery or those located close to a green space are seen more desirable for people living in a city. This is because it gives occupants an opportunity to escape from the chaos of urban living and to restore their mental and physical energy. Good health and well-being naturally boosts our mood and behaviour. This is reflected in some research where it was found that domestic violence was 25% less prevalent in greener housing schemes and 52% fewer felonies occurred in greener buildings.

Watch this space – the next blog will be focusing on a couple of case studies, featuring Jean Nouvel – whose urban designs embrace biophilia at it’s finest.

If you live in a garden oasis within the city, we’d love to hear about it! >>> studio@oliverheathdesign.com