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Get Well Soon: Biophilic Design for Healthcare

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Hospitals today often offer little or no access to nature, however, this wasn't always the case. In ancient china, the sick would travel to remote natural areas where monks built temples in which they provided treatment and palliative care. Monasteries in Europe in the middle ages contained elaborate gardens designed to soothe the ill who came to the monks for medical care. Ayurveda, an ancient healing tradition of India which is still widely practiced today, views the mind and body as a unified system and takes a holistic approach to healing, believing that balance in the mind is essential for health in the body. What happened to modern hospitals? Can biophilic design revitalize and rejuvenate our healthcare facilities? Join us as we explore this topic in-depth in this 2 part series.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Published on: April 14, 2017



The term “biophilia” is gaining a lot of attention since it’s been part of the WELL Building Standard following the footsteps of the Living Building Challenge. So, what is it? The innate tendency in human beings to focus on life and lifelike processes is biophilia. Can our understanding of the science of biophilic design help create healthier buildings? Is biophilic design a truly sustainable solution? Can biophilic design revitalize and rejuvenate our healthcare facilities? Join us as GBRI Senior Research Associate Lilli Fischer explores this topic in-depth.

In part 1 of this course, we will apply the concepts of biophilic design, detailed in Biophilic Design: A Truly Sustainable Solution, to healthcare facilities. We will discuss how stress can impact the body’s ability to heal, and how access to nature can reduce stress in patients, visitors, and staff. Finally, we will talk about the current state of hospital design, design guidelines that aim to improve hospital design and the theory of evidence-based design.

In part two of this course, we will explore the scientific evidence supporting the benefits of biophilic design in health care facilities and we will see three examples of hospitals that have already implemented biophilic design strategies. Finally, we will discuss why biophilic design in health care is especially important right now.

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  1. Explore how access to nature and natural elements facilitates healing.
  2. Discuss the impact of stress on the body’s ability to heal.
  3. Uncover design features common in healthcare facilities today that inhibit healing and positive outcomes.
  4. Learn about the LEED standard for healthcare and the WELL Building Standard.
  5. Discover how evidence-based design and biophilic design can improve patient, family and staff health and wellbeing in health care facilities
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States

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Get Well Soon: Biophilic Design for Healthcare
Biophilic Design for Healthcare Part 1


Get Well Soon: Biophilic Design for Healthcare
Biophilic Design for Healthcare Part 2