If I told you there was something that could help improve your concentration, increase your productivity levels, reduce stress levels and boost immunity, would you say no?
Biophilic design has been around for a long period of time and has grown in popularity over the last few years and is more important than ever before. Living in a pandemic for a year has us looking for solutions to improve our wellbeing. By incorporating nature into our daily lives and following biophilic principles we are able to improve our wellbeing physically and mentally. Biophilic design principles are now being applied to commercial buildings, homes and even cities’ to help create a greener city for us to live in. In aid of it being World Book Daynext week on 4th March, I would like to share my top 6 biophilic book recommendations.
Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life, Book by Judith Heerwagen, Martin Mador, and Stephen R. Kellert
Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life Book by Judith Heerwagen, Martin Mador, and Stephen R. Kellert
This is my top pick and is the best resource I can recommend on the topic of biophilia and biophilic design. Kellert and Mador offer a really fascinating insight into the world of biophilia. This book talks about how we design and construct our buildings and our communities, whilst recognising the positive experiences we can have from the natural systems and the environment around us. How the process of biophilic design for architecture and constructed landscapes are crucial to human wellbeing, health and performance. Biophilic design is all about societies place within nature and the natural world’s place within human society, where respect and educating relationship can and should emerge as a norm rather than be expected of us. I would really recommend this book if you are looking for the solution to a new type of success that respects the world we live.
Nature by Design: The Practice of Biophilic Design Book by Stephen R. Kellert
If you want to learn about the theory of biophilia and biophilic design, then this is the book for you. Stephen Kellert examines the basic principles, practices and options in order to be able to implement a successful biophilic design. Kellert educates us on what is ,and is not, good biophilic design using real life examples. Such as healthcare facilities, religious structures, workplaces, schools, commercial centres and hospitality settings. I would highly recommend this book if you are an architect, interior designer or a designer looking to enhance there knowledge further on biophilic design.
Biophilia: You + Nature + Home Book by Coulthard Sally
If you are looking for a more illustrative book on biophilic design, then I would recommend this book by Sally Coulthard. Coulthard beautifully demonstrates the various ways in which you can transform your working and living spaces into environments that connect you with nature. Through eight exciting chapters you get to explore the fundamental elements for a ‘Biophilic Home’ such as natural light, materials, colours and views. Bring the outdoors in through rediscovering the innate pleasure of fresh air and crackling fires and learn how you can make small changes to your life that will motivate, revitalise and improve your relationship with the natural world.
Biomimicry in Architecture Book by Michael Pawlyn
Biomimicry in Architecture explores how the natural world indicates how we can achieve major increases in resource efficiency. This is an amazing book to explore remarkable design solutions that prepare us for the challenges you may encounter when trying to build a restorative future for society to live in. Pawling has included really inspiring cases studies that forecast future trends, whilst looking at the principles which are broken down into chapters; zero-waste systems, energy generation, structural efficiency, thermal environment and material function. This is the perfect book for you if you want to learn more about sustainable architectural design and see how the natural world has evolved into processes, forms and systems that can be used beneficially to modern green design.
Nature Inside: A Biophilic Design Guide by Catherine O. Ryan and William J. Browning
Written by founders of Terrapin Bright Green, this is a practical guide on the biophilic design principles for interior designers. This book explores the key principles, benefits and processes of biophilic design within the interior practice, and provides international case studies that differ in scales. This book displays an assortment of interior spaces that explore biophilic design processes and principles in the workplace, healthcare, retail, education, manufacturing, hospitality and residential. Browning and O. Ryan offer real world solutions and a practical guide that can be easily applied to our day to day lives. This is essential for designers who are looking to apply biophilic principles to their practice.
Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning, Book by Timothy Beatley
A biophilic city is so much more than a biodiverse city. It is an area that learns from nature and mimics natural systems, through incorporating natural forms and images into architecture and city landscapes. Designers are now looking at ways to incorporate biophilia into their design. A biophilic city values the natural features that already exist within that area and rather than getting rid of them it explores ways you can restore and repair what has been lost and destroyed. Beatley outlines the essential elements that we need for a biophilic city while providing successful case studies about cities that have been successful in integrating biophilic elements into their city. Beatly also explores how individuals and groups of people are working hard to transform their cities from grey, dull and polluted to green, positive and biodiverse cities.
Its World Book Day on March 4th, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with these 6 exceptional reads. Next week I’ll be exploring my favourite place to read a book, my bedroom, and how to get great Biophilic sleep.
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