Designing with nature is key to shaping places for people's health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Natasha Reid spoke on a panel chaired by Ellie Stathiki, architecture editor of Wallpaper* Magazine, explaining the importance of biophilic design.
So what is biophilia and biophilic design?
Natasha talks about nature’s effect on our emotions and mental health, the importance of green space in cities and the “Social determinants of health” – which show starkly how our built environments really do impact people’s lives.
There is a lot more that could be said on biophilic design, because it goes beyond greening and is one of our specialisms. But essentially the point is that we - as human beings - are part of nature. And not something separate.
And by embracing that fully, and greening our cities at every level - from window box to urban spaces - we can make healthier, happier and more liveable places, that are good for both people and planet.
It was fantastic to be part of this event held at Wardian London, designed by Glenn Howells Architects to weave in planting throughout the building. We hope the movement towards healthy places will only keep growing and will eventually become the norm.