Biophilia and Vertical Urbanism – A Symbiotic Relationship Between Nature and Tall Cities

Rodrigo Carazo
President - Design Director
Carazo Architecture, San José

The quality of life for future urban dwellers must be secured as cities will densify and grow skyward 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 symbiotically, as they integrate with the essential element for human habitat: 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 nature by humans, resulting in an exalted state of being.

Understanding nature as a realm where the five senses are engaged to our livable environment in a holistic way, we can understand our individuality, while at the same time gaining a sense of balance and connection from feeling part of a greater collective system.

As we design cities and buildings that are predominantly vertical we must find new ways of integrating climactically and geographically, by integrating 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 on the planet; giving a sense of place to its inhabitants.

We foresee a time when the city will be a part of nature and nature will be a part of the 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.