Edward O. Wilson first popularized the term “Biophilia”—meaning literally “love of life or living systems”—in his book by the same name. Wilson suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems; that we are biologically wired to seek connections to nature. Recent research suggests that this affinity for nature translates to measureable human benefits such as productivity, emotional well being, stress reduction, learning, and healing from the incorporation of biophilic elements in architecture [source: AIA].
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