Biophilic Design: Benefits of Biophilic Design Towards Sustainability

Satılmış G., Yalçıner Ercoşkun Ö.

in: Emerging Approaches in Design and New Connections With Nature, Esen Gökçe Özdamar,Okşan Tandoğan, Editor, IGI Global, Pennsylvania, pp.47-74, 2022

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Publisher: IGI Global
  • City: Pennsylvania
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-74
  • Editors: Esen Gökçe Özdamar,Okşan Tandoğan, Editor
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Humans by nature need contact with nature for their physical and mental health, productivity, and well-being. However, the natural habitat of modern humans has become the built environment where they spend most of their time. Unfortunately, most modern buildings and cities are places that are harmful to the environment, disconnected from nature, and estranged. Therefore, the need for biological contact with nature has become increasingly important in high-rise and urbanizing societies. In this context, in this study, the concept of biophilic (healing) design is explained; its physical, social, environmental, and economic benefits are revealed; and its advantages against the most important problems of the 21st century are discussed at different scales. By examining different world examples of biophilic cities and biophilic buildings, a matrix was formed, and biophilic design principles and the benefits used were evaluated. Finally, the difficulties in implementing the biophilic design are mentioned.