Biophilia and Vertical Urbanism – A Symbiotic Relation Between Nature and the Tall City

Rodrigo Carazo
President - Design Director
Carazo Architecture, San José

The quality of life for future urban dwellers must be ensured as cities will densify and push to the sky in the coming decades. Architects, developers, urban planners and governments have the responsibility to create a built environment with the best conditions for human, development, wellbeing and sustainability.
This new typology of cities and buildings must evolve completely and simbiotically integrated with the basic ingredient for human habitation: Nature.
Human beings are directly and positively influenced when exposed to nature, both psychologically and physically the resulting state or sensation is Biophilia or the innate love of humans to nature, resulting in an exalted state of being.
Understanding nature as a realm were the five senses correlate to our livable environment in a holistic way, we can understand our individuality but at the same time the notion of being part of one great system and the importance of its balance.
As we design cities and buildings that are predominantly vertical we must put in place new concepts of integrating climatically and geographically site specific natural environments to vertical life and buildings, not in anthropocentric way, but in such a way that the expression of our built environment and the nature within and around it is directly correlated to where it’s located in the planet; giving sense of place and appropriation to its inhabitants.
We foresee a time when city will be a part of nature and nature will be a part of city.
It is our calling to integrate nature into the vertical urban realm to close the breach we have created between humanity and planet Earth in search of higher quality of life in time.