Edward O. Wilson introduced the “Biophilic” hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defined biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.
The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there’s an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems.
There is now a new book by Stephen R. Kellert, Judith H. Heerwagen, and Martin L. Mador:
“Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life”
This new book is comprised of a series of essays examining the design of buildings and communities in relation to the natural world.
Two essays in particular probe into the impact of design decisions on children: “Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Designing Nature into the Daily Spaces of Childhood,” and “Children and the Success of Biophilic Design.”. It is excellent reading for parents who have an interest in architecture, outdoor design and creating a healthy environment for their kids.
It supports the old-school tradition: Get your children outside playing on backyard playground equipment in a natural green environment.