Biophilic design: what can nature teach us about creating happier & healthier spaces to live and work in?
September 10, 2020
Oliver Heath explores the emerging science and style of Biophilic design; discussing new research that demonstrates how by strengthening the human connection with nature we can improve the many spaces we live and work in be that the workplace, education, healthcare and hospitality environments. These improvements can help to reduce stress and aid recuperation to improve mental and physical health plus cognitive performance.
In this seminar Oliver will explain why this evolutionary design ethos has such universal appeal and the many benefits it can bring. He will clarify the core concepts and patterns behind Biophilic design and how they can be applied to the built environment - demonstrating the range of financial approaches to implementation. He then develops the business case explaining how an enhanced connection to nature creates more desirable spaces to live and work, so by helping to reduce costs - such as absenteeism and staff turnover, whilst improving building outcomes – such as productivity and creativity.
Along the way there are case studies and examples of how Biophilic design is put into practice.
Enhancing our nature connection is more than simply adding plants and that it’s a design ethos that can appeal to us all.
Understanding the core principles and 14 patterns of Biophilic design
There are a range of creative and financial approaches from low to high to its implementation.
Improved wellbeing can cut staff costs (i.e. absenteeism, staff turnover and presenteeism) and improve building outcomes (i.e. increasing productivity, creativity and perceived sense of community – essential for sparking innovation).
The business case and research demonstrate that it is good for people, and good for business
About the presenter
Oliver Heath is one of the world’s leading authorities in biophilic design and its benefits to health and wellbeing.
An industry recognized expert in the field of sustainable architecture and interior design; Oliver is a frequent contributor to the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times and House Beautiful, whilst also spending much of his time lecturing to leading architects across the world on Wellbeing and Biophilic design.