An Introduction to the 14 Patterns

We know that Biophilia is inherent within us. By 2050, 66% of the developed world will be urbanised. We spend an estimated 11 hours a day on technology and up to 93% of our time indoors. Now, more than ever, harnessing this knowledge practically in the design of our urban living and working environments is vital to our health and well-being.

In Terrapin Bright Green’s ‘14 Patterns of Biophilic Design’ paper, we learn that the patterns are tools to recognise and articulate the individual elements of what constitutes biophilic design. They use science and psychology to help us define it, so that we can understand how to apply each point when considering human needs within design. Not every space can be designed to incorporate all the principles, but a few contributory Biophilic Design elements will collectively enhance the well-being properties of an interior.

The 14 Patterns are grouped into three categories;
Nature in the Space
Natural Analogues
Nature of the Space

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