City Realty: COOKFOX Architect Brandon Specketer on Embracing Biophilic Design in NYC

Press 06.26.2016
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Michelle Sinclair Colman – City Realty

Recently, we spoke with Brandon Specketer, a Partner at COOKFOX, about biophilic design.
How do you explain biophilic design?
Social psychologist and biologist E.O. Wilson popularized the term biophilia in 1984. At that point it was not necessarily how it applied to design specifically, but Wilson’s exact definition of biophilia was “the innate emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms.”

The COOKFOX definition is that people feel good when they are connected to nature. That’s the simplest way to describe it. That has driven our mission statement about the environment and sustainability and how that extends into cultural and social sustainability. Our work should connect people to nature in small, big and meaningful ways across all scales.

Read more in the full article, COOKFOX Architect Brandon Specketer on Embracing Biophilic Design in NYC, here.