E.O.Wilson's biophilia hypothesis contends that "humans are still powerfully responsive to nature's forms, processes, and patterns." Relying on the strength of this connection, interior spaces can be created to promote physical well-being through the use of design elements that represent nature or aspects of nature. Since even brief exposure to nature has been proven to be beneficial, biophilic design, then, becomes a powerful tool in designing spaces where people work, learn, recuperate and recreate. Attention restoration theory builds on the foundation provided by biophilic design and goes one step further, suggesting that exposure to nature allows rejuvenation of focused attention. Therefore, the workplace is an ideal location for utilizing design principles that incorporate elements of nature.
University of Minnesota master's thesis. Spring 2012. Degree: Master of Liberal Studies. Advisor: Janet Hagberg. 1 computer file (PDF)
Back to Nature for Good: Using Biophilic Design and Attention Restoration Theory to Improve Well-Being and Focus in the Workplace.
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