Biophilic Design

Being able to look out the window you can find out about the weather and time of day. You can tell if it’s windy by looking at leaves on trees, if its sunny and warm outside, or that it’s cold outside when there is snow on the ground. The list it all includes is Object Identification, Indicator of Time, Indicator of Weather, Signal of Prospect and refuge, signal of safety, warmth, and comfort, Peripheral processing aid, Synchronization of bio and social rhythms.

Biophilic design has encompasses nature as a fundamental factor. There are three categories of biophilic design including Nature in the Space, Natural Analogues, and Nature of the Space. Nature in Space has seven biophilic patterns, first being Visual Connection with Nature where an individual can view various elements of nature, living systems, and natural processes. Non-Visual Connection with Nature includes auditory, olfactory, or gustatory stimuli that gives a positive reference to nature. The list continues to name various stimuli that remind us of nature, including unpredicted noises, temperature and weather changes, water, and variation in light. All of with connects people to the natural systems of nature. Natural Analogues includes the materials, colors, shapes found in nature that can be shown through artwork, furniture, and textiles. It includes Biomorphic Forms and Patterns, Material Connection with Nature, and Complexity & Order. The last four are in the categories Nature of the Space, which includes spatial views in nature. Prospect includes being able to see over a distance, Refuge is a place for someone to withdraw. Mystery is partially obscured sensory and eventually being able to see more. Risk/Peril is a threat. The first seven focuses on stimulus, the next three focuses on materials and colors, the last four is the different spaces in nature. Their environment can impact people’s health and wellbeing; a nature-health relationship is supported familiar hormones and neurotransmitters, environmental stressors, and biophilic design strategies.

I’ve seen the Elora Hardy TED talk about bamboo before. Bamboo is an amazing plant, it grows very quickly and is as strong as steel. Why haven’t we been using bamboo before? I liked how she mentioned that she has to treat the bamboo differently than steel, listen to it. Each piece is different and bamboo likes to bend, which can enrich designs. The structure she made in Bali with all the open rooms and specific roof shapes to catch the tropical breezes were really interesting to me. Many ancient structures have considered airflow to cool and heat the buildings; it’s a better option than using energy for air conditioning and heating. Nobody likes to be stuck inside when it’s a beautiful day outside but if the building is built with natural air flowing through creating a biophilic atmosphere.

I really enjoyed the sustainability lecture. I’m studying for the LEED exam and each day I notice another step Oklahoma State takes to a greener future. I noticed all the indigenous plants being planted which requires less pesticides because they thrive in these conditions. I even think the lack of parking spaces is supposed to encourage students to walk or bike to school. Green buildings is definitely something I have an interest in so I wish she could have finished her lecture, maybe she can speak at a USGBC meeting. It was also nice being able to see where the recycling happens and the process. It makes me think twice what I toss into the recycling. I hope the university sees more benefit of its plant impact verse the money they make, or loss, from it. I think working with local farmers we could also accomplish something really cool with composting.

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