7. CONNECTION WITH NATURAL SYSTEMS

PATTERNS

ENVIRONMENTAL
  • INCREASED Preference (1-5)
  • INCREASED Place Attachment (2)

WELL-BEING BENEFITS

  • POSITIVELY Impacted Attitud(1,3)
  • INCREASED Feelings of Well-Being (1)
EMOTIONAL
INTELLECTUAL
  • IMPROVED Mental Engagement (5)
PHYSICAL
  • DECREASED Pain Medication Consumption (4)

“...the cognitive richness of the natural world reflects its likely being the most intellectually challenging environment people will ever encounter even in our modern information age.”                                                                               - Stephen Kellert 

 

THE BASICS

A connection to natural systems works to foster a positive experience and relationship with nature as well as a relationship with place.

 

This strategy works to address the goal of environmental stewardship in biophilic design. Strong connections can be made working with other strategies, especially naturally occurring ones that consider the interaction of the senses. Examples are shown below for nature connections to these systems, but also refer to Visual Connection with Nature and Non-Visual Sensory Experience of Nature.

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NATURE CONNECTIONS
NATURE RESPRESENTATIONS
  • Simulated Circadian Lighting
  • Exposure to Water Infrastructure
  • Use of natural and local materials
Ireland
Ireland
Colorado
Colorado
Ireland
Ireland
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
 

WEATHER CHANGES

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

 
Spring Green, Wisconsin
Spring Green, Wisconsin

Taliesin East

Colorado
Colorado
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

SEASONAL CHANGES

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia (Photo Credit: Annie Sweers Photography)

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Colectivo Coffee (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Paris, France
Paris, France

The Louvre (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

La Pedrera (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Guell (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Vietnam
Vietnam

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Seattle, Washington (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington

Chihuly Garden and Glass (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

 

CHANGES IN LIGHT

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin, USA
Two Rivers, Wisconsin, USA

Point Beach

Interior, South Dakota, USA
Interior, South Dakota, USA

Badlands National Park

Pemaquid, Maine, USA
Pemaquid, Maine, USA

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

Dingle Bay, Ireland
Dingle Bay, Ireland
Malibu, California
Malibu, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mekong River

Niagara Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls, Canada
Maine, USA
Maine, USA

Acadia National Park

Crex, Wisconsin, USA
Crex, Wisconsin, USA

Sandhill Crane Migration

Washington Island, Wisconsin
Washington Island, Wisconsin
Colorado
Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado

LOCAL LANDSCAPE

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

CONNECTION THROUGH ACCESS

 
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Lyfe Kitchen

Evanston, Illinois, USA
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Lyfe Kitchen Outdoor Seating

Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford, Illinois, USA

Rockford Japanese Garden

Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford, Illinois, USA

Rockford Japanese Garden

Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford, Illinois, USA

Rockford Japanese Garden

Verona, Wisconsin
Verona, Wisconsin

Epic

New Dehli, India
New Dehli, India

Rai University

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Emory Conference Center

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA

Colectivo

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison School of Nursing

Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang, Vietnam
Nha Trang, Vietnam

Sailing Club

Cambodia
Cambodia
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Maharaj Pier

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

 
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
South Dakota, USA
South Dakota, USA

Badlands National Park

South Dakota, USA
South Dakota, USA
Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA
Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Farmington, Wisconsin USA
Farmington, Wisconsin USA
New Dehli, India
New Dehli, India
Ireland
Ireland
Ireland
Ireland
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Riviera Maya, Mexico
New Dehli, India
New Dehli, India
Agra, India
Agra, India
Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA
Washington Island, Wisconsin, USA
Harney Peak, South Dakota, USA
Harney Peak, South Dakota, USA
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam
Hue, Vietnam
Can Tho, Vietnam
Can Tho, Vietnam
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
South Dakota, USA
South Dakota, USA

Badlands National Park

Maine, USA
Maine, USA

Acadia National Park

Maine, USA
Maine, USA

Acadia National Park

Crex, Wisconsin, USA
Crex, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Wisconsin, USA
Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA

All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen