The design research is focused on the investigation of a biophilic architecture and is directly inspired by Edward O. Wilson’s theory of Biophilia which he describes in a book of the same title. Wilson wrote that biophilia is ‘the urge to affiliate with other forms of life’, and that in our survival in this environmental crisis is dependent on it. With this in mind the ultimate goal of the research is to strengthen our instinctive bond with nature through urban, building and human scale design in order to create a society with a sustainable and biophilic conscious.
The research’s approach to sustainability therefore isn’t to simply address this issue by the application of energy generating technology or ‘green walls’ to the facades and roof of our buildings. The belief is that this does not affect the spaces we inhabit and therefore doesn’t develop our bond with nature. Instead the research looks to investigate the following areas: