In this research project, commissioned by ‘Avans bouw’, we look at how biophilic design can be implemented in semi-public spaces – specifically, in an academic setting which is used by a wide range of employees, students and visitors. How can immersion in nature be designed into academic buildings, their outdoor spaces and academic practices? Using a situated approach, opportunities for biophilic design will be defined and presented to academic staff and developers.
Biophilic design aims to foster connections between humans and nature, so that people can experience nature’s positive effects . For many thousands of years, the human species has evolved with, and dwelled within, the natural world. But recently, human cultures have moved further and further away from the natural world, inhabiting increasingly artificial environments. Biophilic design wants to bridge this gap , restoring connection with and immersion in nature.
During the project, Avans research staff will work together with students to explore multiple design opportunities, and to teach students about biophilic design practices.
The results of the project will be used as input for a renovation project within Avans Hogeschool Breda.