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Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design


A Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Biophilia hypothesis suggests humans have innate connections to nature which may affect their health and productivity.

Yet we currently live in a world that is rapidly urbanizing with people spending most of their time indoors. Therefore, biophilic design, which incorporates natural elements into the indoor environment, has received increasing attention in both design and health fields. We developed a tool by combining virtual reality (VR), eye-tracking and wearable biomonitoring sensors to quantify the short-term health impacts of biophilic design in buildings.

Relevant Research

Mar 1, 2020
Effects of biophilic indoor environment on stress and anxiety recovery
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Aug 16, 2019
Effects of biophilic interventions in office on stress reaction and cognitive function
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May 1, 2019
Going Biophilic, Living and Working in Biophilic Buildings
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In The News

Jan 5, 2021
After Grueling Shifts, Mount Sinai Physicians Recharge in Man-Made Nature
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Jul 29, 2020
New research documents positive impact of biophilic design on human performance in both simulated and real environments
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Jun 11, 2020
Stantec supports Harvard study that shows incorporating natural elements indoors reduces stress and improves creativity
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