Terrapin’s 2020 Biophilia Readings & Resources


Terrapin’s 2020 Biophilia Readings & Resources

A lot has happened over this past year, both around the world and within the arena of biophilic design. Since publishing our latest book, Nature Inside, and our current effort to craft a second edition of The Economics of Biophilia, we’ve revisited our reading list to reflect on the most recent thinking. Many of these resources have been released in the last two years. This list can also be downloaded as a PDF here.

General / Community
  • The Half-Earth City (Beatley & Brown, 2021), an article in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review discussing the intersection of the biophilic city and the global commitment to halt biodiversity declines.
  • Nature Inside: A Biophilic Design Guide (Browning & Ryan, 2020), case studies and a toolkit for integrating biophilia into the design process for diverse building types
  • Serenbe Stories Podcast (2020), a popular podcast chronicling life in the leading wellness community. Season 4 focuses exclusively on biophilic design.
  • The Economics of Biophilia (Browning et al., 2015), the business case for biophilic schools, retail, homes, hospitals and communities (2nd edition anticipated in 2020-2021)
  • A New Pattern Language for Growing Regions (Mehaffy et al., 2020), a Christopher Alexander style collection of 80 patterns covering a range of interconnected urban design and planning topics, including biophilia.
  • Awe, the Small Self, and Prosocial Behavior (Piff, Dietze, Feinberg et al., 2015), peer reviewed research on dispositional tendencies to experience awe that predicted greater generosity and other prosocial emotions.
  • Biophilic Design Guidebook (ILFI, 2018), a supplement to the Living Building Challenge v3.1
Hospitality & Retail

The article was updated on January 25, 2021.
Download a PDF of this Reading List (2020 version).

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Catie is the Director of Projects at Terrapin and a leader in biophilic design movement. With a background in urban green infrastructure, Catie's interest lies in systems thinking to address human health and sustainability challenges at each scale of the built environment.