The impact of biophilic design on health and wellbeing of residents through raising environmental awareness and nature connectedness
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Mounting evidence shows that the disconnection between humans and nature due to the advances of the modern world have caused detrimental effects on human health and wellbeing. Among the current theories and research, the biophilia hypothesis is relatively new and the least well understood, though it contains with great potential. This study aims to measure the impact of biophilic design on environmental awareness and nature connectedness, and prove whether this impact can enhance human health and wellbeing or not. For this purpose, a mixed-methods, concurrent triangulation approach that includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis was designed and applied in Serenbe, an intentional community of biophilic design in southwest of Atlanta. The result demonstrated a significant positive correlation between health and wellbeing, environmental awareness, and nature connectedness. It supports the idea that the presence of biophilic features have a significant beneficial effect, and nature should no longer be neglected as an important source of health and wellbeing.