Biophilic Design: More Than Just Plants- Examining the Status Quo and Identifying Barriers to a Diverse Practice
A majority of the population now lives in urban environments and spends 90% of their time indoors, with little access to nature. This isolation has led to increased mental and physical health problems. Biophilic design is a solution to some of these issues, however, its use in practice is limited. This study aims to examine the current practice of biophilic design and identify barriers to implementation through semi-structured interviews with industry professionals. Six categories of barriers were identified which can be addressed through education, a consolidation of resources, and creating a clear value proposition through the introduction of a new key stakeholder: a design researcher. This thesis examined the current state of biophilic design, barriers to use, and steps to move forward while confirming that semi-structured interviews with three groups of industry professionals is a useful tool to determine barriers to entry for new designs in the built environment.
Workplace; Barriers; Biophilic Design; Design; Biophilia; architecture; sustainability
Ong, Anthony D.
Design and Environmental Analysis
M.S., Design and Environmental Analysis
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis