Biophilic urbanism in multifamily housing

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Decayette, Sashanah
Kanakri, Shireen Mohammad
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Department of Construction Management and Interior Design
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As the human population continues to grow, many continue to migrate towards the urban lifestyle at an accelerated rate. This rapid urbanization has caused cities to provide more living arrangements such as multi-family residences. In addition to the growing percentage in urban living, more than half of the human population spends their time indoors. Due to this increase in urbanicity and the habitual indoor lifestyle, concerns arise as to whether urban interior environments are optimizing human health and well-being. Through recent years, there has been concrete evidence that proves how vital biophilia, specifically biophilic urbanism, is to human health. Biophilia is the love of life and mankind's innate tendency to form humane connections with the natural world. This concept has been studied in commercial spaces, with very few studies focusing on multi-family housing. This study focuses on biophilic urbanism in multifamily housing within urban settings and seeks to develop an in-depth understanding of biophilia using two research methods: online survey and interview. Upon completion, architects and designers may be encouraged to utilize a biophilic, occupant-centered design approach. It also establishes the potential to raise awareness and encourage researchers to conduct multiple studies, analyzing current apartment conditions and presenting solutions for future designs.