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Biophilic design makes sense

Following the publication of their recent book, 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Joe Clancy and Catie Ryan have again joined forces on a new paper titled The Role of Biophilic Design in Landscape Architecture for Health and Well-being.

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The short paper draws an interesting connection between how our changing approaches to urban development have catalysed landscape architecture as a central player in protecting and maintaining public health, and examines the role biophilic design now has in this.

Clancy and Ryan note how, just a few decades ago, design considerations focussed on sustainability of materials and climate change issues. Over recent years, this has shifted to a concern for user experience and public health – largely driven by rapid urbanisation worldwide.

Combine this with a growing body of research supporting the health and well-being benefits of introducing natural elements to urban environments, biophilic design has risen to prominence as a logical requisite of landscape architecture and is, consequently, an extension to good design.

The full paper was first published in Landscape Architecture Frontiers, volume 3, issue 1, 2015 and can be downloaded here.

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