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Nature by Design: The Practice of Biophilic Design

Cover of the book titled "Nature by Design."

Stephen R. Kellert (1943-2016), the Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology 

(Yale University Press)

Biophilia is the theory that people possess an inherent affinity for nature, which developed during the long course of human evolution. In recent years, studies have revealed that this inclination continues to be a vital component of human health and wellbeing. Given the pace and scale of construction today with its adversarial, dominative relationship with nature, the integration of nature with the built environment is one of the greatest challenges of our time, contends Stephen Kellert in this book, published posthumously.

In this examination, Kellert describes the basic principles, practices, and options for successfully implementing biophilic design. He shows what is — and isn’t — good biophilic design using examples of workplaces, healthcare facilities, schools, commercial centers, religious structures, and hospitality settings. This book will appeal to architects, designers, engineers, scholars of human evolutionary biology, and — with more than 100 images of designs — anyone interested in nature-inspired spaces.

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