About this Research Topic
This Research Topic focuses on biophilic design to support human health and resilience within the larger context of climate change. The overall goal of this Research Topic is to generate a discussion about how we can empirically test new hypothesis on biophilic designs as a vehicle for enhancing human health and resilience in urban environments. The overall intent of this collection is to stimulate discussion about how biophilic design can be more effectively deployed at both the building level and the larger urban environment.
Articles should clearly address one of two major topics: (1) research on health and well-being impacts of biophilic design including identification of the strongest findings and areas where more research is needed, or (2) the deployment of biophilic design strategies at different levels of scale, from buildings and neighborhoods to the broad urban level. Articles should also address the opportunities and challenges of deploying biophilic design strategies more widely in urban environments.
Potential topics include the following questions: (1) how biophilic design strategies can be deployed at the building level to support occupant adaptation and coping with extreme climate events and (2) how such strategies can be implemented and tested across building portfolios. Articles might address the tactical use of biophilic design to enhance human and ecological health through more effective daylight and passive design approaches, the use of vegetation to enhance air quality and acoustics (both indoors and outdoors), and small-scale natural installations to enhance human comfort and psychological restoration throughout the urban environment not just in isolated parks. Articles should also address how biophilia can be deployed as a deliberate and integrated urban strategy through equitable access to green space, enhanced tree canopy for comfort and climate mitigation, access to water amenities, and other approaches. Attention might also be given to strategies that support biophilia within the context of greatly increased urban densities that are intended, for instance, to cluster people close to urban transit as a way to reduce automobile use and emissions.
Manuscripts that are speculative and theoretical are also encouraged. For instance, biophilic design strategies could address potential benefits to human health and well-being in the context of a radically changed and changing world - one which may require equally radical approaches, not merely the creation of pathways for adapting to current climate vacillations.
Keywords: Biophilia, Climate change, Climate adaptation, Climate mitigation, Adaptive capacity, Radical change, Resilience, Habitat health, Urban ecology, Restorative design, Habitat restoration, Wellness design, Evidence based design
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