Biophilic Landscaping

Course CodeBHT343
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Learn to evaluate a how a landscape impacts upon the physical and mental wellbeing of people


Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Relationship between Outdoor Environments and Human Wellbeing
  2. Design Considerations
  3. Patterns and Principles in Urban Design
  4. Components of the Landscape
  5. Providing Services to People
  6. Affecting the Individual
  7. Affecting Environmental and Climate Conditions
  8. Assessing and Analyzing Existing Landscapes
  9. Integrating Biophilic Design into Existing Landscape
  10. Working in/ Improving Urban Development

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss the relationship between physiological and psychological health and outdoor environments.
  • Determine the important biophilic factors which should be considered when designing or renovating an outdoor space.
  • Explain different principles and patterns which have been identified as underpinning biophilic landscape design.
  • Describe how different elements of an urban landscape can be incorporated into a design so that they contribute in a positive way to human wellbeing.
  • Describe how a range of landscaping techniques and methodologies can be utilised to benefit human wellbeing.
  • Evaluate outdoor environments to identify both negative and positive effects on individuals; and to recommend changes to landscapes in order to improve the effects upon individuals.
  • Evaluate landscapes and determine actions that can be taken to improve the environmental conditions of people in those places.
  • Conduct consultancy jobs to assess and analyze existing landscapes
  • Redesign a landscape to meet biophilic requirements for a renovation of an existing landscape

How Can a Landscape be More People Friendly?

Obviously a cleaner environment is always more friendly; and protection from extreme weather will also be friendlier. There are other factors as well though, that can impact both the physical and the psychological well being of a person.

People have a range of inherent needs; and for any landscape to be people friendly, it must accommodate those needs. These may include such things as:

Physical needs including water, food, protection from extremes weather, lack of danger
Social needs such as freedom to move, places to congregate; experiences to share

In a people friendly landscape, people should be able to access water to drink, food to eat, transportation services, toilets, shelter from rain, places to sit, places to congregate, places to be alone ...etc. and all with minimal risk.

  • At night, places should be well lit when anyone moves into or through them.
  • Surfaces that are walked or driven over should be even, not slippery, and able to be safely navigated.
  • Plants, animals and inanimate objects within any public area should be safe; free of any harmful chemicals, dangerous microbes, sharp edges or other threats.
  • Public areas should be well maintained.
  • All ages and types of people should be accommodated in the design.

These provisions will always be able to be improved; but the degree to which a place satisfies such things, is a measure of how people friendly that place is.

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