Offers creative and sustainable urban solutions based on the principles of biophilic design, ranging from increasing productivity and well being in the workplace to reducing urban heat. The integrated and scalable design attributes include living architecture such as green roofs, green walls and rain gardens as well as the patterns, materials and forms of nature. The biophilic approach brings multiple social, environmental and economic benefits while also contributing to creating liveable, sustainable and regenerative cities.
Integrating nature with the built environment
Design by Nature brings vision and creativity in its approach to contemporary and sustainable developments based on the principles of biophilic design. We believe that inspired innovation and whole systems thinking brings healthy and rewarding solutions.
Biophilic design is an approach which asserts that humans have an innate connection with nature that can assist to make buildings and cities more effective human abodes. The principles can be applied at any scale from office, home, building, precinct to citywide: retrofitted or new, and brings multiple social, environmental and economic benefits.
Dr Jana Soderlund’s PhD on biophilic design included global research on biophilic design initiatives in 10 frontrunner cities and interviewing over 30 leaders in government, industry, NGOs, corporate and civic arenas. This was combined with local projects, such as trial green walls with The City of Fremantle.
She is currently a sessional academic and lectures in biophilic design at Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP).
Contemporary cities have high stress levels, mental health issues, high crime levels and ill health, while our built urban environment struggles to cope with increasing problems from urban heat island effects and air and water pollution.
Increasing nature and natural elements within a prison offers the potential to de-stress residents, improve mental health, cognitive functioning and learning, reduce recidivism and increase receptivity for behavioural change and restorative justice opportunities.
Cities are experiencing rapid population growth and an urban transformation to post-industrial knowledge-based economies. Within this transition is a proposed redefining of urbanites’ relationship with nature which suggests that significant human nature interaction should occur within cities, not just outside.