Environmental Building News has an article up on integrating biophilia into green building practices. Biophilia is a notion popularized by biologist E. O. Wilson. It describes humans' innate affiliation for the natural world. Biophilia attempts to define "the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life." The thrust of the article is that biophilia is an underdeveloped element of green building practices, but one that has significant potential benefits. ... it is becoming increasingly well demonstrated that biophilic elements have real, measurable benefits relative to such human performance metrics as productivity, emotional well-being, stress reduction, learning, and …
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