Visual Connections with Nature in Residential Buildings: A Study of Health and Well-being in Lima's San Miguel District
AuthorVera Suarez, Maria Jose
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AbstractIn the urban district of San Miguel in Lima, Peru, a study delved into the impact of biophilic design—integrating natural elements into the built environment—on residents' well-being. Amidst a setting challenged by dense urbanization and limited green spaces, the research sought to understand the relationship between residential design, access to natural views, and overall health. Existing literature underscores the psychological benefits of such design, but its influence on physical health remains underexplored. Employing surveys and observational methods, the study aimed to map the presence of biophilic elements in homes and gauge their perceived effectiveness. Findings indicate a discrepancy between the availability of natural ventilation and residents' satisfaction with it, highlighting a gap between design intention and functionality. The research underscores the necessity of incorporating natural features into homes, not merely for aesthetic appeal but as a vital component of health and psychological well-being. It advocates for educational initiatives, policy changes, and design innovation to fully harness the advantages of nature-connected living spaces. This study's implications extend to urban planning and public health, providing a blueprint for sustainable living in arid urban landscapes.
DescriptionSustainable Built Environments Senior Capstone Project
Degree ProgramSustainable Built Environments
Degree GrantorUniversity of Arizona
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