Integration of Mother Nature into Smart Buildings

  • Helen Santiago FinkEmail author
  • Ingrid Kaltenegger


Running in a park, cuddling with a pet and enjoying the views of the mountains or the seaside are common behaviors that define human beings’ affinity for nature. It is this that constitutes the concept of biophilia—human beings’ inherent relationship (or love from “philia”) with the natural environment and other livings. Yet, biophilia goes beyond seemingly superficial interests to denote a human dependency on the natural environment for biological and physical existence. Human beings are part of the global biosphere and source essential resources to live and build our homes, businesses, and communities from nature. We are physically, economically, and socially intertwined with the natural environment for the air we breathe, raw materials we procure, and interactions we seek with other living species.


Green Space Urban Heat Island Urban Agriculture Green Roof Green Infrastructure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, University of Natural Resources and Life SciencesViennaAustria
  2. 2.JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbHGrazAustria

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