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It’s no coincidence during the last two years we have all instinctively been drawn to nature as a way of coping with the world around us, whether it was ocean swimming, walks in nature or just spending more time outside, there is something very special and cathartic about fostering a connection with nature.
Which is why Biophillic Design is having a moment, and not just a moment but an awakening to the way we should have been living all along.
According to Biophilia and Greener Spaces Better Places expert Tonia Gray, Biophilia is the knowledge that we are biologically drawn to nature.
“In essence, we are hard-wired to prefer natural settings and have an innate psychological need to be in contact with nature and the natural world,’’ she says.
“So, with Biophilic Design, our growth and development is inherently designed around this desire. To me, it comes back to the question “how do we build happy, healthy, resilient and harmonious communities?” Green spaces are a key part of the solution. And I’m heartened by this.”
It can not be underestimated the power that nature has.
“Similar to our love and lust for life, we all have an innate yearning to be a part of the natural world (it’s no wonder nature is used as a form of therapy to reinstate positive emotions),’’ Tonia says.
“Everyone (whether they realise it or not) has a yearning for bringing nature back into our lives in an intimate way, however, it may be further repressed in some more than others due to our growing disconnect with the natural world. With Biophilic Design, our growth and development is inherently designed around this desire.”
Consciously connecting with nature, whether it’s in the way we arrange the furniture in our homes so as to overlook the greenery of the backyard, or walking barefoot on the earth, grass or sand whenever we have the chance, is one of the easiest way to rewire ourselves and re-embrace our need to be in nature.
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