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An Architectural Love Of The Living: Bio-inspired Design In The Pursuit Of Ecological Regeneration And Psychological Wellbeing


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WIT Press


M. Pedersen Zari


A growing amount of architectural discourse explores analogies between ecosystems and living organisms, and architectural design that increases the capacity for regeneration. This is referred to here as bio-inspired design. This paper examines the relationship between biophilic and biomimetic approaches to architectural design as two aspects of bio-inspired design. The theory that bio-inspired design is inherently linked in the creation of regenerative architecture, able to increase capacity for self repair in both living ecosystems and the human psyche, is examined. Intersections, or mutualisms, between design to improve the wellbeing of ecosystems and design to improve human wellbeing, such as biomimicry and biophilia, are analysed and may illustrate the key aspects of bio-inspired design that could contribute to regenerative design. The implications of such an approach are discussed, and the scientific basis of such a process is investigated. Keywords: biophilia, biomimicry, ecosystem, wellbeing, architecture, regeneration, restoration, sustainability. 1 Introduction The definition of cutting edge sustainable architecture is changing rapidly [1]. Aiming for ‘neutral’ or ‘zero’ environmental impact buildings in terms of energy, carbon, waste or water are worthwhile targets. It is becoming clear, however, that buildings will need to go beyond having little negative environmental impact in the future, to having net positive environmental benefits [2]. Reed describes the transition from conventional practice and green architecture (negative environmental impact), to sustainable architecture (zero


biophilia, biomimicry, ecosystem, wellbeing, architecture, regeneration, restoration, sustainability.