|BIOPHILIC DESIGN - Projecting Change Film Festival 2013|
|REVIEWS - Film Reviews|
|Written by Tessa Perkins|
|Wednesday, 24 April 2013 19:20|
"Showing some of the worlds most famous buildings and architectural marvels..."
Projecting Change Film Festival 2013
Film: Biophilic Design
Director and Producer: Bill Finnegan
Executive Producer: Stephen Kellert
Release Date: 2011
Run time: 60 minutes
Reviewed by: Tessa Perkins
As we become more disconnected from nature in our daily lives, architecture is responding to this with biophilic design - an innovative way of designing spaces including our homes, schools, hospitals, and offices. By bringing elements of the outside world indoors, there are many benefits to our wellbeing that have been identified. It is simply not natural to sit in a room with no windows or in a cubicle with no view of the outdoors, and this documentary makes a great case for why all building should be designed with this in mind.
Showing some of the worlds most famous buildings and architectural marvels such as Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s house build on a waterfall and Grand Central Terminal which gives travellers a comforting feeling with its vaulted ceilings and natural light. Schools, office buildings, and hospitals are also profiled showing how their design can help students learn better, workers becoem more productive, and patients heal faster.
I loved the idea that our natural state is to be in nature, so any hint of this in our homes and workplaces such as plants, a view of a forest, or the sound of a waterfall or stream creates a calming, relaxed atmosphere. Another aspect of biophilic design is city planning. It is also important for us to live in a neighbourhood that has parks, public spaces, and plenty of greenery.
Executive producer Stephen Kellert, along with Edward O. Wilson who first introduced the idea of biophilia in 1984, has published a book called The Biophilia Hypothesis which discusses this phenomenon from an evolutionary psychology perspective. Showing how we can improve our lives by reintroducing nature into our workspaces, schools, and homes, this is a fascinating film that talks about “the architecture of life” and all the ways biophilic design can enhance our experiences and help us lead happier and healthier lives. We need to create better habitats for ourselves that allow us to be modern humans while still connecting with our natural world.