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Biophilia: a universal Human Aesthetic Affinity?

Akin to musical harmonies, the inherent order of Nature’s complex harmonies appears to resonate deeply across cultures without need for words or explanation.

The World’s most cherished Places & Buildings incorporate a delicate Interplay of Biophilic Elements, regardless of Culture, Region or Religion.

Such Places are universally appreciated, revered, and considered precious, memorable, “beautiful”, even sacred.

Characteristics of spaces universally deemed “beautiful” incorporate the same proportions, hierarchies, fractal patterns, colors, textures and scents consistent with healthy natural environments.

Biophilic Buildings:

Places by which we are ‘touched’

  • Building Shapes respond to surrounding Natural Shapes
  • Fluid Transition between Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
  • Soft Edges: Building connects with surrounding Landscape
  • Building Skin is an inhabited connective Place with Depth and Volume
  • Enticement to Experience Place through Walking-Movement
  • Opportunity for Exploration & Discovery
  • Refuge & Prospect
  • The Sound of Moving Water in various forms (including rain water)
  • Building becomes the Medium to Experience Seasons & Weather
  • Filtered Shade Patterns & Dynamic Daylight Patterns
  • Fractal Order & Complexity on many Levels
  • Natural Materials & Textures: Plants, Wood, Stone, Cork, Tile, Water
  • Natural Outdoor Elements & Motifs Indoors

What if our buildings did not achieve efficiency at the expense of beauty, but fostered deep ecological connection & inherent communion with Nature by their very design?

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1 comment

  1. I loved your presentation on Biophilia at Penn bookstore and look forward to hearing from you

    Patty Redenbaugh | 3 years ago | Reply

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