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
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Colorado
Colorado
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Ireland
Ireland
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Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
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Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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WEATHER CHANGES

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Spring Green, Wisconsin
Spring Green, Wisconsin

Taliesin East

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Colorado
Colorado
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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SEASONAL CHANGES

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia (Photo Credit: Annie Sweers Photography)

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Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Colectivo Coffee (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Paris, France
Paris, France

The Louvre (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

La Pedrera (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Guell (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Vietnam
Vietnam

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

(Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland

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Seattle, Washington (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington

Chihuly Garden and Glass (Photo Credit: Nicole Craanen)

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CHANGES IN LIGHT

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

Point Beach

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

Badlands National Park

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Pemaquid, Maine, USA
Pemaquid, Maine, USA

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse

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

Garden of the Gods

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

Mekong River

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

Acadia National Park

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Crex, Wisconsin, USA
Crex, Wisconsin, USA

Sandhill Crane Migration

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Washington Island, Wisconsin
Washington Island, Wisconsin
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Colorado
Colorado
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Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
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LOCAL LANDSCAPE

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CONNECTION THROUGH ACCESS

 
Evanston, Illinois, USA
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Lyfe Kitchen

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Evanston, Illinois, USA
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Lyfe Kitchen Outdoor Seating

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Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford, Illinois, USA

Rockford Japanese Garden

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Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford, Illinois, USA

Rockford Japanese Garden

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Rockford, Illinois, USA
Rockford, Illinois, USA

Rockford Japanese Garden

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Verona, Wisconsin
Verona, Wisconsin

Epic

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New Dehli, India
New Dehli, India

Rai University

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Emory Conference Center

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA

Colectivo

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison School of Nursing

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

Sailing Club

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Cambodia
Cambodia
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Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Maharaj Pier

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

UW-Madison, Nancy Nicholas Hall

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOR

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

Badlands National Park

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

Badlands National Park

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Maine, USA
Maine, USA

Acadia National Park

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Maine, USA
Maine, USA

Acadia National Park

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Crex, Wisconsin, USA
Crex, Wisconsin, USA
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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Wisconsin, USA
Wisconsin, USA
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
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Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Estes Park, Colorado, USA
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
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All Photo Credits: Nicole Craanen