The Healthy Community & Healing Environment

This article will familiarize readers to the concept of biophilia and explore what can be done to enhance the quality of our interaction with nature. Specifically, we will be viewing biophilia through the lens of places dedicated to healthcare delivery. However, the model can be applied throughout the range of collaborative services provided by the professions of landscape architecture, architecture, transportation planning, and urban and regional planning to create healthy places; both public and private. We will examine positive outcomes of the biophilic approach and examine one design intervention in detail.

When a biophilic approach is taken to healthcare site design, the patients, the organization, and the community are benefited. The benefits are not just confined to improved satisfaction for those using the site, but also translate into improved financial and environmental outcomes.