Decelerating urban life by accelerating biophilic living. “We will never be truly healthy, satisfied, or fulfilled if we live apart and alienated from the environment from which we evolved” - Stephen Kellert This could not ring more true than in the pandemic that we are still currently facing. Where Sydneysiders would normally escape the city/suburban life to a much greener Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands there was a lockdown put in place where people could not access a sufficient natural environment. For those who are lucky, there are still some pockets of natural forest in Sydneys Harbour but for many this meant an escape from home life consisted of walking through concrete jungles and through manicured parks that just don’t give you the same refreshing feel as you would get walking through a national park. With the population of Sydney only increasing, pushing away these natural forests that we should be so close to, this feeling of dissatisfaction will only increase. A solution for this expanding urban development while still retaining a connection to nature is with the design framework of biophilic design which is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities. While biophilic design is largely used in architecture it could be converted to a larger scale landscape in which Bays West would work perfectly due to its highly built form and largely open space in which “Amalga-nature” explores.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.