Biophilic Design

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Biophilia is our innate love of nature, and biophilic building design attempts to enhance our connection to the outdoors. A lack of this connection can noticeably affect mood, and it has even been linked to health impacts and reduced productivity.

Strategies for biophilic design include daylighting, access to views, natural ventilation, aesthetic use of biomimetic patterns, and space planning that offers prospect and refuge.

Biophilic Design

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  • Doing Daylighting Right

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