Awe can be defined as stimuli that defy an existing frame of reference and lead to a change in perception. Research shows that experiences of awe can be humbling and lead to generous and pro-social behaviors.
This brief publication looks at the roots and science behind Awe as a pattern of biophilic design and how it can be applied to the built environment to support health and well-being.
As a supplement to our 2014 publication 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, this document follows a similar format for Awe as for each of the original 14 patterns and can be directly inserted into the original publication.
The supplement also includes an update to Table 1. Biophilic Design Patterns & Biological Responses (2014, p. 12), also commonly referred to as the Health Outcomes Chart or Matrix, and the corresponding research references.
Browning, W. D., Ryan, C. O., & Clancy, J. O. (2014). 14 Patterns of biophilic design, Improving health and well-being in the built environment (Suppl. 2021, Awe). New York: Terrapin Bright Green, LLC. https://www.terrapinbg.com/report/14p-supplement-awe