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Biophilic Design + Bio-Dome = Devland Soweto Education Campus


  Belinda & Dominic University of Johannesburg  Advanced Industrial Design Students

Growing Up Africa specified in the campus brief to include biophilic design. "The love of Nature " connecting with nature to improve health and well-being focus on human's innate attraction to nature and its natural processes, a term popularized by American biologist Edward O. Wilson in the '80s, when he observed how increasing rates of urbanization were leading to a disconnection with the natural world. While building the campus, the founder of Growing Up Africa put nature at the heart of construction.  Engaging the unskilled labor while building,to participate with the  landscaping:   a 3,000 m2 garden/park,  the planting of 30+ trees, and so much more.  

Dominic and Belinda, University of Johannesburg Industrial Design students, chose to design a Bio-Dome, a fitting project contributing to the biophilic design brief.  The student brief:  to create a world-class contribution to the Devland Soweto Education Campus project and the environment.   As a result, attention is being paid by the community to the verges of many of the RDP homes.  Volunteers of all ages have indulged in learning about gardening and how important it is to their very own lives that of health and well-being and learning and caring for the birdlife, insects, and plant life in Devland.

Biophilic Design?

Biophilia (definition: " love of nature ") focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes. It suggests that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in agrarian settings.

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