Wow! I had a great experience recently watching a movie at Adkins Arboretum. Like biophilicall my experiences at the Arboretum, it turned out be a worthwhile decision.

The narrative of the film touched those things that I love about creativity and nature; technically, the subject was biophilic design and architecture. Okay. What exactly is biophilic design? You need to see the movie and/ or read Edward O. Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir to understand the original meaning of  biophilia, but I came away with a definition of the specific term after watching the film. It was, in fact, a confirmation of what I have long felt. Human beings have a deep affiliation with nature that is quite probably rooted in our biology. We have a tendency to focus on lifelike processes. So it follows that buildings that are meaningful to us have to be more than just mere building materials.

Something good happens to all people, young and old, when buildings harmonize with nature, textures, form, and ornamentation and control the natural rhythms of energy that affect us. It changes the way we sense the world. These can indeed be memorable places where humans will thrive, however humble or majestic their environment. Those who love nature should see this 61-minute movie, and obviously there could not be a better space to view it than at Adkins.

I sailed home afterward, taking my favorite back roads and thinking of the beauty of my natural surroundings and the joys of spring to come.

by Ritze Miller


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