Biophilia and Morphogenesis

Topics: Architecture, Temperature, Biophilia hypothesis Pages: 2 (728 words) Published: April 8, 2011
The term "biophilia" literally means "love of life or living systems." It was first used by Erich Fromm to describe a psychological orientation of being attracted to all that is alive and vital. The biophilia hypothesis, introduced and popularized by Edward O. Wilson in his book entitled Biophilia, suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. E.O. Wilson suggests that biophilia describes "the connections that human beings subconsciously seek with the rest of life.” According to Wilson, we do not love nature and seek peace in nature for no reason but because we are genetically encoded to do so. Imagine a small cottage in countryside surrounded by green fields, thickets of lush bamboo and a small water body. Or picture yourself in a beach house where you can have a spectacular view of the beach from dawn to dusk. The very thought of the above mentioned places mesmerizes and bewitches us so much so that we wish for nothing but reaching there in an instant. For many millennia, man had been living in natural habitats. As time passed, man started isolating himself from nature for some reason or the other. However, new researches are leading the scientists to believe that we humans function better when there is some piece of nature around us. Even if it is a small patch of grass or a small water body, we feel more relaxed, we are able to heal quickly from injury, recover fast from sickness, we are able to concentrate better, work better and give better outputs. Understanding the deep seated love for nature in human beings, all the buildings, whether commercial or residential, must be designed in way that gives a better atmosphere to work and live in. More and more natural and organic elements should be incorporated in the building which helps people to connect with the nature and brings a sense of warmth and attachment to the building. Biophilic architecture aims in the creation of spaces which bring...
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