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Implementing Biophilic Design in Semi-public Spaces

Research Group: Situated Art and Design

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.

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‘The ultimate goal is to enable people to improve their lives, making them more enjoyable and comfortable.’

Simone van den Broek is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group, and a tutor for the Communication & Multimedia Design programme at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Den Bosch. 

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‘People are the product of their relationships with their environment. It’s important to understand how technological developments influence these relationships.’

Michel van Dartel is Research Professor Situated Art and Design at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (Caradt) and Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media.

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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