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IN FO C U S
S T R A T E G I C A P P R O A C H E S to D E S I G N C H A L L E N G E S

HUMANS RELY ON environmental cues to make

MATT MURPHY, HANDS OME FRANK

B E H AV I O R A L H E A L T H

N AT U R A L R E M E D Y

By abstracting nature scenes and mimicking circadian lighting
patterns, biophilic design can help create calming behavioral
health environments By Ed Clark and Marty Brennan

judgments about perceived safety or peril. Evolution honed this intuition, and through the
long-term relationship between perception and
nature, we've developed an affinity for the lifesupporting aspects of the natural world. This
specific attraction to nature is referred to as
biophilia, which literally means the "love of nature." It recognizes the intrinsic need for nature
in our lives, including its psychological benefits.
Because biophilia inherently results in environments that soothe, comfort, orient, and
calm, it's specifically relevant to the design of
spaces that support behavioral health.
Biophilic design connects building occupants
to the cycles and patterns of nature by subtly
incorporating cues reminiscent of the visual
and spatial qualities of natural settings, such
as through the use of patterns rather than the
specific representations of nature. In this way,
natural qualities can be readily brought indoors
without being heavy-handed or kitschy. For example, turning to regional environments can
provide design insight related to material color
and patterns as well as the sensory qualities of
spaces that answer patients' intrinsic and often
subconscious understanding of supportive and
nurturing environmental qualities.
To support patient needs in behavioral healthcare in particular, it's important to avoid literal
representations of imagery that may trigger undesirable or traumatic memories. For example,
an abstraction of the verticality and rhythm of a
stand of trees might provide a subconscious appeal, whereas a wall-sized natural image could
trigger explicit memories associated with specific settings where abuse or trauma may have
occurred.
Another opportunity to provide ties to natural
settings is through the expression of the daily
arc of the sun and the resulting dynamism of the
sky. The color and intensity of the sky undergoes drastic changes daily and seasonally. While
lighting systems have yet to capture the moment-to-moment variability influenced by the
movement of clouds, for instance, we can mimic
larger daily patterns of illumination and color and provide a sense
of the passage of time and a connection to natural daily rhythms.

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Photo Tour
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Behavioral Health Natural Remedy
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