Republishing Economics of Biophilia with PRISM

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Republishing Economics of Biophilia with PRISM

We’re excited to announce that we are republishing The Economics of Biophilia with PRISM. This six part series will be released on PRISM’s online journal. They will include updates to the original report including new research and examples that show the impact of designing with nature in mind. Each installment explores economic indicators as they relate to biophilic design in six sectors: workplace, health care, education, retail, hospitality, and community.

PRISM Sustainability in the Built Environment (SBE) is a unique online journal, resource and cooperative effort to further sustainable building for both emerging and experienced architects, specifiers, consultants, builders, suppliers, and users of sustainable building materials.

The first installment is available online here!


Part 1: Introduction

Biophilia, the innate human attraction to nature, is a concept that has been recognized for several decades by the scientific and design communities, and intuitively for hundreds of years by the population at large. Whether it is hospitals that allow patients to heal more quickly, offices that boost productivity, schools that improve test scores, or retail outlets with higher sales, we make the business case for incorporating biophilia into the places where we live and work.

Part 2:

The Economic Advantages of Biophilia in Sectors of Society: Workplace

The average US employee spends more than 43 hours per week in the office. Biophilic design elements in the workplace environment not only support the health and wellbeing of employees, but can also increase productivity and contribute to employee satisfaction.

 

The Economic Advantages of Biophilia in Sectors of Society: Schools

The classroom is perhaps the most influential environment outside the home, where children learn and grow. Integrating biophilic design into schools can support academic performance, decrease stress, and contribute to an environment that supports students.

Header image: Kārlis Dambrāns /Flickr

Rebecca is the Director of Operations at Terrapin and has a background in natural resource policy and management. She is interested in how policy helps shape our relationship to nature, and how we can work with and learn from natural systems to address human needs.