The Emergence of Biophilic Design

  • Jana Söderlund

Part of the Cities and Nature book series (CITIES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Jana Söderlund
    Pages 13-33
  3. Jana Söderlund
    Pages 187-195
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 197-216

About this book


This book addresses the emergence of biophilic design, a form of design that looks at people’s intrinsic connection with nature. There is no denying that biophilic design is rapidly expanding globally as an effective response to pressing issues in urban areas and built environments. From being a term few had heard of in 2012, when the author’s research began, to one that is currently trending in a broad range of disciplines, the story of its emergence has never been properly told.

The story of the emergence of biophilic design is the story of a social movement and how a gathering of people with a common interest and passion can spark a global trend. The book and the stories within are not only engaging but also informative and educational, offering readers an in-depth understanding of what biophilic design is all about, and how to promote its implementation in their own built environment. Hopefully, they will inspire people to act, to campaign and to implement initiatives in their urban environment, with the confidence that they are capable of making a difference. 

The author spent three years researching the emergence of biophilic design, and why and how it was driven by certain people who championed the concept. Part of the author’s research involved a three-month tour of ten North American cities, during which she interviewed 26 key players. These people ranged from community leaders, landscape architects, and academics, to the CEOs of NGOs and government leaders. The result is a collection of stories that illustrate the evolution of biophilic design, and how it was frequently born from a passion for, belief in and love of nature, as well as a response to an urban crisis.


Biophilic Design Biophilia Social Movement Urban Design Biophilic Architecture Stephen Kellert Tim Beatley Judith Heerwagen

Authors and affiliations

  • Jana Söderlund
    • 1
  1. 1.Sustainability Policy InstituteCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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