Mary Schrott

Most people wouldn’t choose to vacation in an office space. Rather, we pack our bags and venture out to beaches, mountains, countrysides and other picturesque landscapes to relax and rejuvenate.

The power of nature to promote physical and emotional contentment in humans has been widely studied and facts show it is significant. So significant, in fact, that designers and developers of built spaces increasingly look to nature for inspiration to create the most healthy, rewarding, productive environments possible. 

USGBC’s podcast series “Built for Health,” which premiered with an episode on air quality, explores the various impacts the built environment has on human health. In the second episode, host Flavia Grey explores biophilia and biophilic designthe innate affiliation people have with nature and natural systems, and the design decisions that result.

Revealing the science and theory behind biophilic design, Peter Kahn, professor of psychology at University of Washington and director of the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab, and Bill Browning, founding partner of Terrapin Bright Green and thought leader in the field of sustainable design, discuss the different ways nature can be woven into the built environment.

Exploring our intriguing relationship with nature—this episode covers everything from why we instinctively prefer to sit in booths at restaurants to why an eagle’s nest on a skyscraper captures the attention of so many. 

Take a walk on the wild side with Built for Health: Biophilic Design.

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