People’s connection to nature – biophilia – is an emergent field that can help organizations meet that challenge. This unique study explores the relationship between psychological well-being, work environments and employee expectations on a global scale for the first time. Biophilia, a concept first popularized by Edward O. Wilson in 1984, describes the innate relationship between humans and nature, and concerns the need we have to be continually connected to nature. Plenty of research confirms this human preference for the natural, rather than built, environment. For example, in a 2004 study, when asked to describe their ideal city, people more often chose non-urban characteristics, greenery in particular, and in other studies it has been shown that a pleasant and natural view can raise the price of a house considerably.
Although it has been proposed that this desire for a connection with nature is the result of an anti-urban bias combined with a romantic view of nature, environmental psychology research tells us that being connected to nature, is in fact, an adaptive human function that allows for, and assists with, psychological restoration.
This means that within an urbanized environment, bringing in elements that allow direct nature connection (such as parks and lakes) or indirect connections (i.e., interior design using natural elements, nature-resembling colours and patterns, indoor plants and views of greenery) can help us to mentally recover and provide respite from our day-to-day activities, to maintain positive well-being. by Bill Browning and Prof. Sir Cary Cooper in ArchitectureNow.
NewTerrain February 15, 2016.