March 29, 2022

Biophilic Design and the Human Habitat with Dr. Judith Heerwagen


This week, we’re diving into the psychology of biophilic design -  why we find it so appealing, the evolutionary basis for preferring certain landscapes to others, and the reasons we fear certain natural elements like snakes and spiders. We also chat about the social experiences we find in nature, like camping with friends and sharing stories around a fire,  and the ways in which climate change complicates our relationship with the natural world. 

Our guest is Dr. Judith Heerwagen, a psychologist who specializes in the behavioral, social, and health impacts of buildings. Dr. Heerwagen has worked extensively on the psychology of biophilic design and is the co-editor of  Biophilic Design: the Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life which won the 2009 Publishers Award in architecture and urban planning. Dr. Heerwagen. She is also the recipient of 2014 Design for Humanity Award from the American Society of Interior Designers. 


Show Notes


Key Words: Biophilic Design, Biophilia, Climate Change, Evolutionary Psychology, Psychology, Environment, Climate, Health and Wellness, Habitat, Nature,